Mount Cornwall, Normal Route

Millarville, Alberta

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Mt. Cornwall is the least shapely of the foursome Glasgow, Cornwall, Outlaw and Banded Peak. Glasgow's pyramid, for instance, is instantly recognizable in the engraving of the four peaks by Edward Whymper—Matterhorn conqueror— in the Marquis of Lorne's book Canadian Pictures Drawn with Pen and Pencil published in 1885 (contents page). Cornwall has other attributes. Its gloriously long summit ridge of brilliant orange shales is lined both sides with stupendous cliffs of palest grey. And it's famous for its snow patch that lies just below the summit and is visible from Calgary. Rarely missing, it actually disappeared during the hot summer of 1994, but two days of rain (snow at higher altitudes) and it was back by some quirk of topography. The walker's normal route up South Glasgow Creek follows the first ascent route, a solo ski ascent by Arnold Choquette in May 1949! It is both easy and safe, with no steep slopes, no scrambling and no exposure to make you feel wobbly. There are even intermittent trails. To climb Cornwall in one day is a dawn to dusk affair despite the help of a bike on Big Elbow trail. If you can work out the logistics, consider doing a traverse to Talus Lake trail (#326) and returning via the Little Elbow, or carrying on over Outlaw and Banded Peak back to Big Elbow trail.

Mount Cornwall, Normal Route Professional Review and Guide

"Mt. Cornwall is the least shapely of the foursome Glasgow, Cornwall, Outlaw and Banded Peak. Glasgow's pyramid, for instance, is instantly recognizable in the engraving of the four peaks by Edward Whymper—Matterhorn conqueror— in the Marquis of Lorne's book Canadian Pictures Drawn with Pen and Pencil published in 1885 (contents page). Cornwall has other attributes. Its gloriously long summit ridge of brilliant orange shales is lined both sides with stupendous cliffs of palest grey. And it's famous for its snow patch that lies just below the summit and is visible from Calgary. Rarely missing, it actually disappeared during the hot summer of 1994, but two days of rain (snow at higher altitudes) and it was back by some quirk of topography. The walker's normal route up South Glasgow Creek follows the first ascent route, a solo ski ascent by Arnold Choquette in May 1949! It is both easy and safe, with no steep slopes, no scrambling and no exposure to make you feel wobbly. There are even intermittent trails. To climb Cornwall in one day is a dawn to dusk affair despite the help of a bike on Big Elbow trail. If you can work out the logistics, consider doing a traverse to Talus Lake trail (#326) and returning via the Little Elbow, or carrying on over Outlaw and Banded Peak back to Big Elbow trail."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Millarville
Distance: 14.92
Elevation Gain: 1,399 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: Long day, backpack
Local Maps: Maps 82 J / 15 Bragg Creek and 82 J / 10 Mount Rae.
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Cornwall, Normal Route

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