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Mount Lyall (Near Elkford): A Fine Backcountry Scramble
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.17 - 02:49:33
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / High Rock Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Mardy Roberts, Paul Roberts, David Roberts, Rick Collier Easy scramble; moderate snow in spring
This article recounts a pleasant ascent of an easy peak in the Old Man River valley
[Editor's Note: Do not confuse this peak with Mount Lyell, which is spelled with an "e", rather than an "a". ]

Mount Lyall (9683'), near Elkford was also known primarily as Mount Feuz in the first edition of the guidebook; for some reason lost in the archives of the Geographical Nomenclature Committee, the name of famous family of Swiss guides was replaced in the second edition (Green version) by that of the British surgeon and naturalist, David Lyall, who helped explore the Rockies from 1858 to 1862.

Lyall is a pleasant day's climb of about 3600' and 12 km RT, one that is worth doing in spring or late fall from a camp on the Old Man River. There is nothing technical about an ascent of this peak, unless there is steep or unconsolidated snow on the upper slopes; it does require a bit of navigation through light bush, however.

The best approach from Calgary is to drive down the Chain Lakes highway to the Maycroft junction, head up the gravel road into the front range until you reach the Forestry Trunk Road; turn N and then within about 10 km, turn NW to follow the Old Man River on an (unfortunately) good logging road for perhaps 15 km (past distinctive Beehive Mountain to the W) to Lyall Creek (ca. GR 696/529 on 82 J/2 - Fording River). This area is not yet a park or protected wildland, which accounts for the extensive clear-cutting throughout, so unrestricted camping is permitted along the road. In spring the crossing of the Old Man may pose some problems, but ample shallow areas exist if one does not mind getting wet feet.

My party hiked through forest on the NW side of Lyall Creek to near its source, then ascended the E side of a long ridge running N from the objective; eventually we gained grassy slopes on the crest of the ridge, which we followed back SW....

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