Trip Details Date: May 4, 2019 Summit Elevation: 2,483 m Total Elevation Gain: 473 m Total Distance: 5.2 km Round Trip Time: 4:49 Difficulty Notes: Class 2 Watch your footing on the loose rubble. In the winter, snow can make make the trail slippery and make it harder to find you footing on the hidden rocks. GPS Track: Little-Lougheed
To celebrate the completion of my master’s degree and my birthday, I climbed Little Lougheed with many of the friends that had blessed me throughout my studies. It was fun little outing, and the peak’s diminutive stature allowed us to stay below the clouds and enjoy a phenomenal view of the Spray Valley while the summits of the surrounding mountains were lost in the clouds. I highly recommend it as a more accessible or early season scramble.
The trailhead is a small clearing where Spencer Creek meets the Smith Dorrien Trail. The trail heads west to join the High Rockies bike trail. After just over a hundred meters a cairn marks the point where the trail branches off and starts heading up the mountain. There seemed to be a pretty clear trail, though the recent snow made it hard to follow at times. Since there are no major obstacles, you can mostly just pick your way up and decide if you’d rather stay in the trees or on the rocks.
There is one small cliff band near the summit that runs parallel to the path. Going up and around it on climber’s right seems a bit counter intuitive but appears to be the easiest way and is recommended by most trip reports. It also gives you a nice view. After another brief stint in the trees, a steep scree slope leads to the summit. This can be a bit tricky to navigate if there is snow, so take your time and watch your step. After that the summit makes for a nice place to have lunch and enjoy the beauty all around.