Start at: Little Elbow Trail
The only published route on Cougar Mountain is the moderately rated scramble up its northeastern ridge. Alan Kane’s Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies is pretty easy to follow on this one. The crux is the final summit ridge involving several hundred meters of hands on scrambling. With snow conditions, this portion becomes more of a difficult scramble. The approach involves a hardy bike ride, particularly in snow, along the Big Elbow Trail for approximately 12kms. In snow conditions it took me two hours to complete this bike approach and only one hour return as the trail became dryer.