Stony Squaw Mountain

December 23, 2011

1884m

Banff, AB

Despite the official status, Stony Squaw Mountain is a mere joke. It’s perhaps the most insignificant forested bump guarding the nearby Banff townsite and before starting the hike, you’ve already dispatched most of the elevation gain by driving up the twisting Mt. Norquay Ski Area access road. You might argue that Tunnel Mountain which I did two days ago is even smaller in nature (lower in elevation), but I’d say that Tunnel Mountain is also much more isolated. I combined Stony Squaw “Mountain” with Sanson’s Peak to make a day.

Stony Squaw Mountain hiking route

Stony Squaw Mountain hiking route

The trail was very well packed so I didn’t need to use snowshoes. But I still recommend bring the ‘shoes just in case the previous hikers didn’t pack the trail all the way up. I did remember there were a few confusing places with some micro-terrain. The view was very limited from the forested summit making it a mere why-bother objective. Other than getting some work-out there’s no real point in bagging this summit…

Mount Norquay from parking lot. It's one of the busiest mountain in winter...

Mount Norquay from parking lot. It’s one of the busiest mountain in winter…

Apparently there was some new snow

Apparently there was some new snow

The new snow made trees unique

The new snow made trees unique

Some open areas

Some open areas

The view occasionally opens up. Looking towards Sulphur Mountain

The view occasionally opens up. Looking towards Sulphur Mountain

Towards Sunshine Road.

Towards Sunshine Road.

The other side. This is Fairholme Range

The other side. This is Fairholme Range

Giouard and Peechee were hidden in the clouds

Giouard and Peechee were hidden in the clouds

Cascade Mountain

Cascade Mountain

The only view of Mount Rundle

The only view of Mount Rundle

Back to parking lot

Back to parking lot

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