Hike Camp and Travel
Middle Sister 2769m/9085'

Scrambling with Ian Cameron and Stephanie Ysinga

Area: Canmore and Bow Valley
Height gain: 1400m/4593'
Ascent date: Sep 17, 2005
Ascent time: 6:30hrs
Descent time: 3:15hrs
Comment: Easy scramble

The Three Sisters
The long road to the trailhead Lunch on Stewart Creek Following Stewart Creek
Exit hwy16 to Three Sisters Village then turn left on a stop sign. Do not turn towards the golf course. Keep straight and park at a big black gate (signed).
We hiked about 2km on the road to the Middle Sister trailhead (signed) after leaving the gate. The road/trail soon reaches a "dam" which we had to cross. The remaining of the trail then follows Stewart Creek.
Higher up the Stewart Creek Painful snow steps Looking down towards the cirque
This was Stephanie's introduction to scrambling. A leasure trip. The only downside to this was the long approach. Who likes long approaches anyway?
We stayed on Stewart Creek up to the cirque, directly below the Big Sister. We then angled right and hiked up on fresh snow to the Big Sister/ Middle Sister col. There were a lot of people ahead of us, so the snow steps were a lot easier to deal with.
Big Sister Stephanie approaching the summit On summit of Middle Sister
Here's Stephanie on the last push to the summmit. Go Stephanie!!
It was definitely a long trudge to the summit, but very much worth it. The clear views were awesome. Snow-capped sea of summits made an outstanding dramatic effect to the skyline.
Snowy ridges Stephanie on Middle Sister View of Canmore and the surrounding peaks
Leaving Middle Sister Glissading back down to the cirque Pick a clown
The snow here was from knee to hip deep but it was already compacted by the previous glissaders. We had a lot of fun glissading back down to the cirque.


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Updated: January 9, 2014 Author: Kajtek S