Daly, Mount

elevation: 3,152 m. height gain: 1,550 m.
area: Yoho Park,BC map 82 N/8-9

Ref: Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies
sherbrooke lake

Going around Sherbrooke Lake on a good trail.
Scramble RT 15.0; 7.75 up. Mount Daly was high on our list, especially after seeing it from Mount Niles. With long warm days and no thunderstorms in the forecast, we agreed to try it. We got an early start and casually hiked to Niles Meadow. From there, we saw the trail at treeline and aimed for it; we missed the start of the trail at the small watercourse (cairn). Once at the pass, we got our first look towards Niles Glacier and Mount Daly's rockband. The route on the ledge looks exposed, I was curious to see it up close. After crossing Niles Glacier, we reached the steep talus slope leading to it. I found the ledge and the following ascent straightforward although the blocky terrain requires careful hiking, even big blocks moved occasionally. With a steady plod, we gained the summit ridge. The false summit wasn't that far anymore! I continued, anxiously anticipating the ridge to the true summit. I felt a little bit apprehensive, doubting my headspace. After going over the corniced peak, the connecting ridge was finally in view; it looks daunting. I dropped my poles and started on the ridge. After a short distance, I stopped and waited for Fab. He went ahead and helped me along the initial exposed sections of the ridge. It felt awkward to be downclimbing; I grabbed the rock and focused on my steps, trying my best to ignore the airiness. Beyond the orange colored rock and onto the grey rock, scrambling gets much easier and less exposed. Once at the top, I experienced a great sense of accomplishment. We snapped many pictures and had a quick lunch; I couldn't relax fully, thinking about the crux awaiting... To my surprise, the difficult orange section of the ridge was easier going back; partly because it climbs, I suppose. We didn't save much time in the blocky terrain but pleasant faster trekking resumed on Niles Glacier. We picked up the trail on the other side of the pass; it is easy to follow all the way down to Niles Meadow. This fantastic outing challenged us both physically and mentally!
log crossing

One of a few log crossings.


This beautiful waterfall precedes Niles Meadow.

niles meadow
  Entering Niles Meadow.

mount niles

Heading to the pass south of Mount Niles.

hiking to the pass

Hiking up to the pass.

at the pass

Fab stands at the pass.

mount daly

Nearing Niles Glacier with Mount Daly in sight.

crossing the glacier

Crossing the small glacier to reach the nunatak.


The ledge that leads to the weakness in the rockband.

on the ledge

On the ledge.

weakness in the rockband

The weakness in the rockband.

noticing cairns

Noticing cairns above the rockband.

ascending talus slopes

The lake in the center feeds Takakkaw Falls.

broad ridge

Broad ridge to the corniced false summit.

false summit

On the false summit.

true summit to the north

The true summit is located north of us, along an exposed ridge.

the crux

The initial orange rock section is the crux.

easier scrambling

On the grey rock, scrambling is easier and less exposed.

remaining ridge

The remainder of the ridge.

almost there

The summit cairn is just ahead.

at the summit cairn

Fab with The Presidents on the right.

mount balfour

Mount Balfour.

cathedral mountain

Cathedral Mountain (center) and The Goodsirs (right).

connecting ridge

About midway on the connecting ridge.

changing strata

The strata changes.

airy scrambling

Airy scrambling ahead.

easier going up

It's easier climbing back up.

looking back

Looking back while Fab scrambles up an exposed section.

taking in the scenery

Taking in the scenery.

long return ahead

Sherbrooke Lake below, a long distance away.

straight down

Straight down the blocky terrain.

retracing our way

Retracing our way through the weakness.

down to the ledge

Coming down to the ledge.

crossing the ledge

Crossing the ledge again.

niles glacier

Back on Niles Glacier.

underground water

Drinking lots of water coming out of the ground.

sherbrooke lake

Sherbrooke Lake.
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