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Siwash Mountain  British Columbia   #6301
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Bonnington Range

Height: 2320 m -> 7612 feet
Prominence?: 1378 m above Cottonwood Pass
Line Parent?: Ymir Mountain (25.5 km away, at bearing 69 degrees)
Greater Parent: Kootenay Mountain (47.0 km away)

Location:   49.35333,-117.45084     49:21:12, -117:27:03   11U 467259 5466833 (15 km E of Castlegar). NTS Mapsheet: 082.F.06   AreaCode: EL97/DE55
Mount Siwash from Copper Mountain
Located on the divide between Erie Creek and the Kootenay River in the Bonnington Range. A large peak with numerous ridges radiating out and two main summits.

Name Notes: "Siwash" is a Chinook Jargon word that comes from the French "sauvage". Originally simply meaning "Indian" including as an adjective e.g. "siwash cosho" - Indian pig, i.e. seal - it acquired a derisive tone over the years and now is a term that's decidedly un-PC, even though it still occurs on some native reserves and on placenames such as here. In the United States its tone is unreservedly derogatory, even though for many years a lot of white people thought the name of the tribes in the Puget Sound area were "the Siwash Indians". In Grand Ronde OR where a creole of the Jargon is still spoken today, a distinction is made between this derisive form; when they mean "Indian" or "something Indian" they use a form closer to the original French prononciation - "Sawash".


1. North Ridge via Rover-Snowater FSR Class 2 scramble in summer, in winter there are snow pillows along the ridge. Either drive or ski up [a href="/RoadxPg.asp?RoadxId=3372"] Rover-Snowater FSR to 14.9km and turn right onto the old road that passes above the commercial lodge. Continue along this road above the commercial lodge. At the first junction go right, at the next go right again (a sign directs sledders to the left). The road crosses a bridge and begins a long switchback. At the far side of the switchback an old road enters, ignore it and continue on the main road. Further up, another old road exits right, ignore it and continue straight. After a while, a road exits left, this junction is signed "Snowmobilers Please Use This Road." Keep going straight. Soon after that you will come out into a basin, a road, that has been very obviously cut for a snowcat exits to the left, park here and on foot follow the cut up to the pass at GR683675. The road beyond Snowater Lodge is rough and eroded, a high clearance 4 WD is needed. From the pass, the summit of Siwash can be easily reached by following the west and then south. In winter, there are many wind-rolls on the ridge and short sections of boot-packing may be required. On return, you can drop down the east face to the head of Rush Creek and pick up the old mining road that descends to the south from the pass. Distance: 400 metres from pass at GR683675 Equipment: Hiking or skiing gear AvgTime: Two hours from pass at GR683675

Trips within 1 km
49 2012.04.16 Bonnington Traverse - Trip Report Robin Tivy
45 2012.04.13 Escape From the Bonnington Range Sandra McGuinness
47 2005.02.22 Bonnington Traverse - Route Description Route Sandra McGuinness
30 2005.02.22 Moonlight Over Mountains: A Ski Traverse of the Bonnington Range Sandra McGuinness
31 2002.10.07 Siwash Mountain from Rover-Snowater FSR Sandra McGuinness
40 2001.01.22 Adventures With Dave: Twin Peaks to Siwash Sandra McGuinness

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18 Skiers on the Bonnington Traverse, East Spur Siwash Mountain Sandra McGuinness
8 Mount Siwash from Copper Mountain Sandra McGuinness

Placename Photos
5 A Winter View of Copper Mt from Siwash Mt Sandra McGuinness
3 Panorama of the Bonnington Range Sandra McGuinness