Turbulent, Mount

elevation: 2,850 m.  height gain: 1,100 m.
area: Smith-Dorrien/Spray Area,AB map 82 J/14

Ref: Andrew Nugara's More Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies 2nd edition
using bikes

Using bikes for the approach.
Scramble: RT 12.5; 6.75 up. I initially wanted to do this trip on skis but honestly, using a bike for the approach and taking avalanche hazard out of the equation became more appealing. Jay and Derek were interested in joining us for this foray in the mountains, we met at the Mount Shark trailhead. We biked to the bridge over Turbulent Creek. This reminded me of my recent unpleasant detour this way, the difference this time was I knew where I was going and the weather was stellar. At the bridge, we stashed the bikes. We followed a crude trail on the east side of the canyon, this hike was starting on a high note! After 4 hours of easy bushwhacking, we were nearing the hanging valley and the objective; I was thrilled to see much yellow in the otherwise green forest. A little further, larches in full fall color welcomed us to treeline. We had lunch and continued in the beautiful upper draw; delightful hiking past a couple of tarns led to the ascent slopes. The climb is straightforward and we soon stood atop rejoined with our speedy friends. We enjoyed the view for what seemed to be too short of a summit stay before our buddies started to put their pack back on... After a quick respite, chasing the rabbits resumed... We didn't lollygag much coming down as we tried to keep up and beat the darkness. We regrouped at the bikes with enough daylight to make it to the car before dark. When we arrived at the car, Jay was waiting for us with a cold beverage for a good cheer!

bridge over turbulent creek

After crossing the bridge over Turbulent Creek, we stashed the bikes.

boundary sign

Old Park boundary sign.

small canyon

Looking back at the bridge and the small canyon.

faint trail

Easy trekking on a faint trail.

objective in view

After 2.5 hours, the objective is in view.

ascent to hanging valley

Ascending towards the hanging valley.

kinda getting closer

4 hours in, we're kinda getting closer!

yellow larches

This patch of yellow larches was a welcome sight.


Absolutely delightful.

kinda getting closer

Leaving treeline behind.

pleasant hiking

Very straightforward and pleasant hiking.

lovely tarn

Lovely tarn along the way.

grassy rubble

Grassy rubble to the top.

looking back

Looking back at the two tarns.

nearing the summit

Nearing the summit.

our friends at the top

Our speedy friends waiting at the top.

eastern view

Eastern view.

399 summit!

My 399th summit, I'm happy!

mount assiniboine

Eon and Aye Mountains with Mount Assiniboine in the clouds.

wish i was on skis

This would be a great ski run!

good outing so far

Good outing with nice fall weather.

at the tarn

The tarn is a fine place to hang out.

descent to treeline

Fairly quick descent to treeline.

back to the larches

Back at the larches, now I don't want to leave anymore...
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