Most recent trip: June 15, 2015 with Bert Blank
Trip time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Distance: 35.8 kms
Elevation Gain: 1,790m
Route: Kane description & Spirko GPS
Difficulty: Difficult (mostly easy/moderate with a few short exposed scrambling sections near summit block)
Little Elbow Trail conditions have vastly improved since the flood. The bridges are still out but the river crossings are all quite shallow with solid, even footing. A total of 6 crossings were required to bag Mount Romulus, one about 4kms west from the Little Elbow trail-head parking and two more at the Romulus Back-country Campground.
Getting to Romulus Campground is a cinch thanks to signage but once you get to where the bridge used to be gps comes in very handy. Using Bob Spirko’s track Bert and I picked up the ascent trail on the north riverbank and were up the drainage fairly easily on the faint path. We headed up the first gully in the scree basin and gained the long summit ridge. From there it was an incredibly scenic plod to the massive summit plateau with a very satisfying view of the Fischer Range.
On descent Bert was able to cut out the more tedious parts of retracing the ridge by taking Spirko’s suggested alternate scree route which in all honestly is the best way to go. See pics for reference.