Grotto Mountain (via ACC and Hard Route)
2 reviews Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park #69 hike out of 110 in
1 hrs 39 min
This is a difficult loop trail in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park.
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Took the Direct Route up and the ACC Route down, both are steady, steep climbs, with reasonably easy trail finding and minimal exposure. The final few hundred metres is over large talus. The ridgetop is wide and comfortable to hike along. We got caught in a short burst of heavy winds and rain on the ridgetop, where there is NO WHERE to get shelter. Check forecasts before your hike to make sure you aren't caught in a thunderstorm up high.★ ★ ★ ★
Enjoyed the ascent, minus the cornices at the top. The descent via the direct route was quite steep and rocky, slipped numerous times and had some meltdowns that froze me with fear. Believe it was due to lack of food the prior day, sleep, dehydration and overall exhaustion.