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Hello, just wondering if anyone has recently done a winter hike to Moose mountain. My brother and I are interested in hiking/snowshoeing from the gate off 66 to the top of the switchbacks before the final bit up to the ranger station. Any advice would be appreciated, especially in regards to avalanche risks. Fitness would not be a problem but we have limited back country experience.
If you are going from the highway to the summit its 15km one way so expect a very long day!! I did it years ago (on foot not on snowshoes). I've also hiked up and camped on the summit in the winter which was epic as we had nearly a meter of snow fall on our tent overnight which made the descent treacherous. You should be fine avoiding any avalanche issues as most of the route is windblown. Some cornices tend to form along the ridge to the top so avoid jumping on or traveling on the lee side of these (under them!). Have fun and bring a couple of headlamps and a bunch of spare batteries! You may get lucky and be able to drive half the distance up the Moose mtn road and start from the normal trailhead (but thats only if the roads open!)
Thanks for the quick reply Peter. Is back country camping still allowed in that area?
Camping up there shouldn't be a problem. As long as you're more then a kilometer from the nearest road you should be good! If you are concerned about it call Elbow valley visitor info at 403-949-4261. The best place to camp is either in trees before you start the switchbacks or if you're brave on the summit behind one of the buildings. Moose can get very windy where there is no cover so bring a good tent and lots of rope/bungees to tie it down!
Have fun! If I had the time i'd go with you!
I would like to know if the road is open in the winter between Hwy 66 and the parking lot. I have been told that it is but also the opposite.
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