On April 29, I summited Little Lougheed, my third peak of 2023. The name Little Lougheed derives from the peak's connection to the larger and more serious Mount Lougheed. The trail was a lot steeper than the first two peaks I summited this year.
The trail starts on the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Road to the left of Spencer Creek. The first part is a gentle wander through the trees up to the High Rockies Trail. Then it goes left at a trail junction, crossing a small bridge and following the High Rockies Trail a few hundred meters. Then it leaves the High Rockies Trail, climbing up to the right. This steep trail winds up through the forest, going right along a boulder field, then through more forest until it finally breaks out above the trees on a loose scree slope to the summit.
The start of the trail. A gentle wander through the forest. Still icy.
A lot of snow on this section of the trail.
It's steeper than it looks. The trail skirts around the right side of a field of large boulders.
It then climbs up along this rocky spine. Summit in the distance.
The snowy trail was firm in the morning before the sun had a chance to soften it up. Later in the morning, on the way down, it had turned to slush.
Looking up at the summit and the steep scree field.
Along the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Lakes road south of Canmore
out and back
Park on the side of the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Lakes Road near Spencer Creek.
My path up to the summit and back down recorded on the FATMAP app on my phone.
Dan joined me for this summit along with our dogs, Uma and Peaches. The dogs enjoyed romping through the soft snow and we all enjoyed the beautiful blue skies and warm sunshine. The weather was perfect for enjoying the pictureque summit views.
That's three peaks done for me. Now 17 more and I'll achieve my goal! Next I am planning for Wasootch Peak, a higher peak with a steep trail in Kananaskis.