Cheops Mountain

elevation: 2,581 m. height gain: 1,265 m.
area: Rogers Pass,BC map 82 N/5
2013-Aug-11


Park at the Discovery Center in Rogers Pass and hike along the well-defined trail to Balu Pass. From the pass, head towards Cheops Mountain's west ridge, a noticeable trail exists most of the way. Straightforward scrambling on steep blocky terrain is encountered along the summit ridge. **check trail restrictions**
cheops mountain


Cheops Mountain from Balu Pass Trail.
Scramble: RT 9.0; 5.0 up. This objective is straightforward and pleasant, it grants superb views of tall mountains and glaciers in close proximity. Fab and I were looking forward to visiting Connaught Creek in the summer; we've come here countless times but only in the winter! We met our friend Val at the trailhead; it had been a while since we'd seen him. We casually hiked up the trail, engaged in conversation. The weather was better than expected; we took full advantage of that, taking numerous pauses along the way. The familiar terrain is very bushy without its heavy carpet of snow but the surrounding mountains are just as beautiful. We ate lunch at Balu Pass, then we headed towards the blocky west ridge. The ascent is nice, we found a trail and saw lots of cairns. The summit ridge is easy scrambling on steep and sometimes exposed terrain. Two huge rocks at the summit offer shade or shelter; it's a fine place for a picnic on a hot day.
well maintained trail

The trail is very well maintained, the sides are even trimmed!

marmot


One of Connaught Creek's ambassadors.


stoneworks


Stoneworks form the path before the pass.


yellow brick road


Looking back from the pass, the "yellow brick road" is clearly visible in the meadow on the right.


balu peak


A sub peak of Ursus Major, which is also known as Balu Peak.


at the pass


Bonney Glacier across the valley, south-east of us.


leaving balu pass


Leaving Balu Pass behind.


rockier terrain


Rockier terrain on the way to the summit ridge.


video, ursus minor and grizzly


Video Peak (left), Ursus Minor (center) and Grizzly Mountain (right).


broad ridge


Easy trekking on the broad ridge.


summit ridge


The summit ridge and Mount Sir Donald just behind.


mount rogers


Mount Rogers (Rogers, Grant, Fleming, Swiss and Truda Peaks) and Hermit Mountain on the right.


mount dawson


The Asulkan Valley and Mount Dawson in the background.


blocky west ridge


Blocky terrain on the west ridge.


more ridge


Fab notices a rap anchor accessing the north face.


summit ahead


The summit is just ahead.


almost there


Last steps to the top.


val and fab at the summit


Fab and Val at the summit cairn.


sitting by the cairn


Assise comme une madame!


piece of wood


Aug 23, 1930; really?


several glaciers


Illecillewaet, Asulkan and Bonney Glaciers.


great spot for a picnic


Great spot for a picnic with sun or shade.


leaving the top


Leaving the top.


typical terrain


Typical terrain.


treeline already


At treeline already.


nearing the pass


Nearing the pass.


back on the trail


Back on the trail.
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