Coppermine Summit

Coppermine Summit near Waterton Park Gate, AB


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
8 kms
6hours
difficult
Hiking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Waterton Park Gate, AB
User bfcoffey

Time and distance are for return trip. It was a slow, lazy day. Coppermine Summit is really just a big steep hill in Waterton Lakes National Park. Having said that, it's still a pretty good climb in mostly grassy terrain - until you get higher, where it becomes a really nice ridge walk. This ridge could be called an outlier of Mount Galwey. Or is Galwey an extension of this ridge? This could be rated as moderate with some steep sections.

From the Coppermine Creek day use area cross the creek on the road and head up. There is a faint trail starting about 50 metres down the road but it's not necessary. Angle up towards the ridge then angle left to avoid thick trees. Basically just pick the line of least resistance. On this day we felt that the last high point on the ridge was the highest so we went that far. Aslo it was such a nice day weather-wise we just kept going (that all changed just as we got down to the road so watch the sky always).

At the last high point, we had a look at the middle summit of mount Galwey but decided it was beyond our abilities and turned back. If we had attempted that on this day we would have been caught in the downpour.

Great views of Mount Galweys 3 summits and the jagged, impossible ridge in between.

Directions:

Coppermine Creek day use area on the Red Rock road in Waterton.


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