LOST MOUNTAIN

This is a new hike developed by the Salmo Valley Trails Society and the Kootenay Mountaineering Club. It accesses a mountain on the Salmo Creston Highway. Initially mostly forest, the summit ridge offers great views. 

Difficulty: D2
Elevation gain: 1109m (3639′)
Key elevations:
Distance: 5.3kms one-way
Time: 5 hours round trip
Season: July through September
Access: Easy. On a major highway. 
Map: 82F/3 Salmo

Trail: The trailhead is in a large truck pullout just after the avalanche gates of the Salmo-Creston Highway and across the highway from the TH. The first 2km are new trail, rerouted to keep the trailhead away from the highway chain-up area. The new trail uses sections of the old trail and creates a new series of switchbacks.
The trail ascends steadily through forest with little scenery until about 2.3kms at the scenic mid-point of the trail – a rock outcrop looking down to the highway. The forest eventually thins until the ridge is reached. The route follows cairns and blazes, but there is only one obvious way to go. About 3 hours to the summit and 2 down. 

 

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