Everest on Ontario

Peak Summited2021 Ontario Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadIcehouse Canyon
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsTrail snow-covered at times - Gear and expertise recommended
Trail ConditionsObstacles on trail

Of the 4 times I have done this peak, this was by far the most difficult, but most beautiful.

You have intermittent snow all the way up to Icehouse Canyon Saddle.  From that point, the trail is covered in snow.

It snowed the night before, so the path was completely covered.  If you are looking to camp, the minor saddle before Kelly Camp had a small amount of exposed ground.  Kelly Camp was completely covered in snow.

As far as the trail, there should be a easy to follow trail up to the summit now.  It's advisable to stay on the trail as much as possible as the snow is about waist high at points.  I was constantly post holing up there, and at times had to crawl out.

Crampons or microspikes are recommended.  But not really needed.  There is more snow and slush up there, and not much ice.

The highlight was around the 21:30 mark of the video below.  Coming off the peak, the wind was howling hard.  Which resulted in the south facing snow being blown up in the air.  It reminded me of those videos of people hiking Everest, with the snow being blown up on one side, and it being clear on the other along the ridge.  The brutal hike was worth it for that small moment.




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