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Grotto Mountain  Alberta   #1515
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Fairholme Range

Height: 2707 m -> 8881 feet
Prominence?: 238 m  
Line Parent?: Mount Townsend (7.6 km away, at bearing 16 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Townsend (7.6 km away)

Location:   51.08829,-115.26830     51:05:18, -115:16:06   11U 621278 5661070 (6 km E of Canmore). NTS Mapsheet: 082.O.03   AreaCode: FL15/AC86
Grotto Mountain from Mt. Lady Macdonald
A large mountain at the SE end of the Fairholme Range directly N of the Bow River. The mountain contains the Rat's Nest Cave as well as many others but most are inaccessible.

The mountain is blighted by a large mining scar running up its SW slopes.

Name Notes: Named in 1858 by Eugene Bourgeau in 1858 after the large cave with a high arched roof which Bourgeau and James Hector found after hiking up a creek on the SW side of the mountain. ""Hector wrote that they entered the grotto and, following a stream, scrambled up 300 vertical feet to a point where they found, "a trickling fall several hundred feet in height, splashing in a clear pool with green mossy bank."" It was here that they performed their "morning ablutions."

Trip Reports within 1 km
48 2012.09.08 Mount Grotto: Grotte-ciel Julian Ehlers
37 2002.05.19 Grotto Mountain; a moderate scramble David Emslie
29 2000.06.21 Grotto Mountain/Mount Charles Stewart Traverse Rick Collier

2004.01.01 Proof from old Mtn record field Kevin Altheim

Paper Maps
1:35000Best Of Canmore Gem Trek
1:50000Canmore and Kananaskis Village Gem Trek
1:250000Banff National Park Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta & Southeast British Columbia Gem Trek

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
9 Grotto Mountain Kevin Altheim
5 Waterfall in Grotto Canyon David Wasserman
4 Grotto Mountain from Mt. Lady Macdonald Serguei Okountsev

Placename Photos
3 Calcite Grotto Kevin Altheim
3 Soda Straw Grotto Kevin Altheim