Indian Head Mountain is the highest summit in the Stanford Range of south-eastern British Columbia, Canada. The summit reaches 2687 metres (8850 ft.) and provides excellent views to the Columbia Valley to the west, and views to the Kootenay River to the east. This portion of the Rocky Mountain Trench is the source of the Columbia River which flows from the northern end of Columbia Lake.
Indian Head Mountain is often called “Chisel Peak” by locals because of the shape of the summit ridge. Indian Head is very prominent from the Columbia Valley, especially from the area around the Town of Invermere. This summit sees a lot of traffic from local hikers and scramblers. The summit ridge is a fun and exposed scramble with three highpoints along the 600 metre long ridgeline. Generally the southern highpoint is regarded as the summit, but all three highpoints are easy to scramble and only minutes apart from the standard south ridge route. The traverse to the northern summit cairn is the highlight of the scramble.
From Invermere drive south on Highway 93/95 about 12 km and turn left (east) onto Kootenay Road #3. Take the first right, soon after exit off 93/95, about 2 km from the highway there will be a sign for Madias Creek Forest Service Road, take this road, on your left. In about 1.0 km the splits into a Y, take the right turn. In another 1 km at the Y, take the left side, staying on the Madias Creek FSR. Stay to the right until a washout over the road is reached in about 2 km. Recommended to park here, in 2012 this washout became even larger and rougher, not worth the effort to drive across. Although it is still possible to drive further with 4x4. (2013) Park at the second washout (anactual creek.) Follow a quad trail up to the start of the trail head.
Reference: “Hikes around Invermere and the Columba River Valley” by Aaron Cameron and Matt Gunn.
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