Lookout Mountain

February 28, 2015

2508m

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…

Youngs Peak Traverse route

Youngs Peak Traverse route

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.

Once on the ridge we got a head-on view of the Asulkan area

Once on the ridge we got a head-on view of the Asulkan area

Ascending Lookout Mountain

Ascending Lookout Mountain

Summit Panorama looking towards the Icefield. Click to view large size.

Summit Panorama looking towards the Icefield. Click to view large size.

Summit Panorama looking towards Asulkan Valley. Click to view large size.

Summit Panorama looking towards Asulkan Valley. Click to view large size.

Mt. Sir Donald

Mt. Sir Donald

The unofficially named "Neve Station" looks like a decent ski objective

The unofficially named “Neve Station” looks like a decent ski objective

Looking over Asulkan Pass towards distant giants like Mt. McBean

Looking over Asulkan Pass towards distant giants like Mt. McBean

Mt. Jupitor - apparently it's a 4th class traverse

Mt. Jupitor – apparently it’s a 4th class traverse

Mt. Bonney rises behind The Dome

Mt. Bonney rises behind The Dome

Many peaks in the Selkirks are visible including Fang Rock group

Many peaks in the Selkirks are visible including Fang Rock group

Ben and Vern on the summit. Mt. Rogers behind

Ben and Vern on the summit. Mt. Rogers behind

Me on the summit of Lookout Mountain

Me on the summit of Lookout Mountain

Leaving the summit behind. Time to go bag Youngs Peak..

Leaving the summit behind. Time to go bag Youngs Peak..

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..

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