Copperstain Mountain


elevation: 2,608 m.
height gain: 950 m.
area: Parson,BC
map 82 N/3-N/6
2016-Jun-12


Ref: Aaron Cameron and Matt Gunn's Hikes around Invermere & the Columbia River Valley.
outfitter's cabin


The cabin is about half an hour from the trailhead.
Scramble: RT 10.0; 4.5 up. With an unstable forecast everywhere, I thought it was wise to plan a straightforward trip close to home. Although Copperstain Mountain is some distance away, granting over 25 kilometers of hiking, there's a good approach trail and the ascent is a "no brainer". We left early and drove to the trailhead. We quickly made our way to the outfitter's cabin; just past there, we reached the old footings for the bridge which no longer exists. Slightly beyond, we found a good place to ford; the crossing was frigid but otherwise quite manageable. We picked up the trail on the other side and enjoyed a pleasant plod through delightful terrain all the way to the old yurt site where a biffy still stands. We encountered several snow patches along the way but the trail was never hard to find. Instead of hiking to Grizzly Col, as described in the guide book, we opted to try a direct route up the southern ridge. After crossing the first of the two small wooden bridges at the yurt hollow, we started climbing along the creek on its north side. We soon gained height, leaving the creek well below us. The terrain on the south ridge is surprisingly easy to negotiate; we travelled through the forest with minimal bushwhacking while maintaining a direct ascent.  We came across a small drainage before treeline, this is a good place to fill water bottles and take a good break. From there, the ascent is sustained but never too steep. The grassy ground offers good footing almost all the way to the top. We had fresh snow and low cloud cover but it was mild and the wind was calm; we reached the summit in good spirit and hung out for a while before backtracking. All and all, this was a fabulous day out in our local mountains.




no more bridge

The bridge over Baird Brook is washed out.

fording the creek

Fording the brook.

good trail


Following a good trail in open terrain.


throwing snowballs


Throwing snowballs in a pond.


still some snow


Some sections are still snow covered.


trail easily followed


The trail is easily discernable despite the snow, there's also red markers on trees here and there.


crossing a drainage


Crossing a drainage.


wide meadow


Walking among willows in a wide meadow.


our objective ahead


Our objective ahead.


typical terrain


Typical terrain on the southern ridge.


agreeable bushwhacking


Agreeable bushwhacking.


very straightforward


The ascent is very straightforward.


grizzly col


Looking towards Grizzly Col.


fresh snow


Some fresh snow along the way.


at the summit


At the summit.


fab's enjoying a beer


Fabrice is enjoying a beer at the top.


looking east


Looking east, Moonraker and Dogtooth Peaks are at the far left.


view over bald mountain


The obstructed view of Glacier National Park's giants over Bald Mountain.


view south


View south along the Spillimacheen River and our approach.


alpine flowers


Alpine flowers are as hardy as can be.


heading down


Heading down.


yurt hollow


The biffy at the yurt hollow.


several ponds


Several ponds along the way.


fording the creek again


Fording the brook once again.
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