Did an interesting scramble a couple of days ago to a summit directly north of Mount Glasgow at the head of Upper Glasgow Creek (see map below). As you can see from the picture the weather was mixed with showers, low cloud, and finally, as we were descending, clear skies. The scramble is 8.4 km one way and 1100 m (3,600′) of height gain.
The hike in starts along Little Elbow Equestrian Trail, then up Glasgow Creek. See previous blog Glasgow Creek – Big Elbow Loop for details. After 1.5 km hiking up Glasgow Creek, leave the trail and follow the creek southwest up dryas flats. Watch for a game trail crossing the creek after about 500 m. Turn right on the game trail and follow it onto the bank top. A few metres farther on you will see a good game trail heading left through light bush. We found it (on the way down of course) about where the solid red line on the map ends. A GPS will be handy for finding it on the way down (download track log below). The trail is much easier than hiking the creekbed (the way we went up).
When the trail ends head uphill onto the rocky end of the ridge. Unfortunately the ridge to the gap before the first top is rocky and broken. Keep as high as possible and use sections of game trail when you have to drop below the ridge top. There are a few sections of exposed knife-edge ridge between the first and second tops. The small summit, which has a well-built windbreak, is an excellent viewpoint.
It may be possible to scramble to the peak immediately north of the first top, then descend its northeast ridge to Little Elbow Equestrian Trail. Let us know if you try this descent.
|Download GPS track log|