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Uphill Grind to Mount Stevens and Teepee Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.15 - 12:08:53
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Kootenay Ranges / Hughes Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1580m
Difficulty: 3: Easy, obvious route the whole hike, even on the shale closer to the peaks. A long day, though, with 1600m elevation and around 17km distance. Some lose ground around peaks, but nothing dangerous.
Hike to the summit of Teepee Mountain via Mount Stevens and Mount Stevens trail.
We left our campsite at Wasa Lake at 6:40am and were hiking around 7:20am. The trail is easy to follow the entire way.

It begins by climbing steeply, with many switchbacks, through the forest for about an hour and a half to two hours. After these couple hours you finally glimpse Mount Stevens still high above. Eventually the trees clear and the path up to the col on the right of Mount Stevens is very obvious. One you reach the col it is a pleasant ridge walk (less steep than the trail up to this point) to the Stevens summit. We reached Stevens in about 3 and a half hours.

[photo]DSC08858.JPG[caption]Looking north to Teepee Mountain from Mount Stevens summit.[/photo]

From here the trail is obvious across the ridge to Teepee Mountain. You lose a little bit of elevation, but minimal. The final climb up to Teepee is a little slick with loose shale, but it is more just annoying. We reached Teepee in a little over 4 hours.

[photo]DSC08998.JPG[caption]Looking South from Teepee Mountain summit at Mount Stevens (center), Mount Fisher (back left), Mount Bill Nye (back right).[/photo]

[photo]DSC08997.JPG[caption]Looking East at the Southern Rockies. Mount Mike visible far in the back left. Mount Harrison is further back to the left in clouds.[/photo]

[photo]DSC08994.JPG[caption]Looking north from the summit of Teepee Mountain[/photo]

We ran a bit on the way down, but our total time from car to car was 6 and a half hours. We took the same route down that we took...

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