Cinquefoil Mountain | 2010.06.26

Cinquefoil Mountain
  • Location: Jasper National Park
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,260 m (7,415 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,285 m (4,216 ft)
  • Distance: 11.9 km / Round Trip (7.4 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 12.2°
  • Estimated Time: 5-8 hrs
  • Technicality: Intermediate
  • Fitness Level: Moderate

After summiting Pyramid Mountain, we wasted no time to go for the second objective of the day, Cinquefoil Mountain, crazy Vern Dewit's plan… By completing both summits, we accomplished near 3100 elevation gain in a day. I don't like mountains with a name which I can't pronounce because when someone asks me where I went, I can only answer "that one". Mount Indefatigable is the worst!!

We parked at Merlin Pass parking. This is a small parking lot without any sign, so pay attention. However this isn't the best place to start hiking because the trail which starts here hits a swamp and it disappears and resulting unwanted bushwhacking. I suggest to park side of road just south of Edna Lake or walk on highway to minimize bushwhacking like we did on the way back.

Once on the ridge, simply follow it. Most of the time we stayed right side of the ridge. Sometimes there are multiple trails and sometimes trail disappears, but many cairns to indicate the route. After above treeline terrain became more challenging (page 5). If you go to left side, it will be moderate/difficult scrambling, if you go right side it will be steep scree terrain. Despite this is rated easy in Kane's book, I bet some people would rate moderate. Cinquefoil Mountain is defiantly not for introducing scramble to someone who has never done it before. Kane also describes this ridge as "the long, lazy ridge", funny. Yes it was long but I didn't find this ridge lazy at all. Boo (' ε '*) The last 200 m elevation or so I found the ridge was very pretty (page 6). The combination of rocks, shale, and little green on ridge top made the scenery beautiful and enjoyable in my opinion.

* Grid References (GR) is based on WGS84 which can be considered as NAD83 (The difference is inciginificant)

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