Trip Date: August 7, 2014
Trip Time: 3 hours 50 mins
Elevation Gain: 991m
Storm Mountain scramble is awesome! A well defined initial approach trail, superb views and fun scrambling on the summit ridge make Storm Mountain one of the most enjoyable mountains in the Highwood Pass area.
The only guess work one is faced with on Storm is on the ‘rapid descent’ Kane route found on page 177 of Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies. There are scree paths leading all over the place on the other side of the notch and it’s virtually impossible to avoid the steep scree on slab ledges (not the best terrain for a descent). Once past the scree on slab you’re funneled into a rubble field and must boulder hop until you’re forced to re-ascend 75m while traversing around to your original approach trail. I personally found the rapid descent route to take almost as long as the ascent route as there were no really good scree runs. Bogus. Better off returning the same way you came. The only added bonus of the ‘rapid descent’ route was some additional new mountain scenery, but both valleys are equally stunning.
To start this adventure find the approach trail on the North side of Highway 40 a few meters before the Lost Lemon Mine pull off.