Old Goat Boulders

22 Boulder Problems

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From Canmore, take the Three Sisters Parkway up past the Nordic Centre to Whitemans Pond.
Continue along the gravel road (Smith Dorrien Trail) to the beginning of the Spray Lakes Reservoir. Turn
right following signs to West Spray Lakes Campground, continuing to follow the road as it bends left
farther into the campground. After 1.5km there will be a large grassy pullout on your right with a sign
“Trailhead Parking”, park here.
There are two spots to begin hiking. The first can be accessed through the “Trailhead” parking
lot by taking the obvious trail leading from it. The second is accessed by walking farther down the gravel
road until you see a “no parking” sign on a gate. Follow the trail behind the gate. This is the faster route
and will skip a steep hill. The trail winds through the forest following a creek for most of the hike. After
approximately 2.5km you enter a rocky clearing with a waterfall on your right and the boulders easily
visible to the left. Take the last small section of trail through the band of trees to access the boulders. A
trail continues up and right of the boulder field; it leads up to the old goat glacier. Hikers frequent the
area to view Old Goat Glacier up in the higher valley.ogistics
The total hike time is around 30min. With 200m elevation gain over the 2.5km it makes for an
easy hike. Three good sized pads and a decent spotter will let you climb almost all of the problems.
More pads will be a necessity on some problems, while very few require less than three. Almost all of
the boulders face north, and hardly ever come into sun. Most of the slab climbs get morning sun, and
the entire valley becomes shaded around 4-6 PM. Once past the upper Grassi Lakes parking lot, cell
reception is lost. So keep this in mind when planning your day.
**Please note the campground is closed from mid-September to mid-May**
**The hike will be 1.5km or about 20min longer during these times.**

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http://www.eveleigh.biz/climb/OldGoat/OldGoatGuide.pdf

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