February 28, 2015
Rogers Pass, BC
Lookout Mountain is a somewhat-interesting looking peak that one gets to see from Rogers Pass. But in reality, it’s just a tiny bump on the north end of Illecillewaet Neve with prominence of 20-30 meters only. There’re quite a few published climbing routes including the direct low-5th class traverse from Glacier Crest, but the simplest way to tag its summit is from Illecillewaet Neve. Obviously this was not our primary objective in this past weekend. With avalanche forecast at low/low/low and a guaranteed bluebird day Vern, Ben and I finalized our objective on the classic Youngs Peak Traverse. We decided to tag Lookout Mountain along simply because it’s “right there”, so why not…
The entire approach is written in my Youngs Peak’s trip report as that was our primary objective. From the ridge between Lookout and Youngs the ascent of Lookout Mountain was only a 20-minute round trip so it made no sense not to bag it.. The first summit appeared to be higher but we ski’d to the second summit just to make sure we stood on top of the official one. The view was better from the far one anyway with Mt. Sir Donald stealing the show.
Speaking Lookout Mountain itself, I think it makes perfect sense to combine with Youngs Peak traverse for peak-baggers. If you don’t care about ascending the summits then this is probably not a worthwhile objective other than getting some skiing down the glacier. The views are good though but the nearby Youngs Peak is a much better viewpoint..