Mt Lorette

The striking South Ridge of Mt. Lorette is a Kananaskis classic!  It involves excellent alpine rock climbing and scrambling along a narrow ridge.  The climbing along this long ridge is never too hard but it is very exposed and exciting in spots!  One of the cruxes involves stepping across a gap in the ridge with an intimidating drop below.  It is in a dry area so has reliably good conditions throughout the summer and into the fall.

South ridge of Mount Lorette climb

Elevation: 2469m / 8100ft

Location: Kananaskis.  1 hour from Calgary, 30 minutes from Canmore.

Difficulty: 5.4, Beginner/Intermediate

Logistics: Season runs from June 15th (annual trail closure until then) until October.  Sometimes climbable in the winter.  Mountain bikes are useful for the approach.

Prerequisites: Good fitness, previous scrambling experience, some outdoor rock climbing experience.  5.4 feels alot harder on the side of a mountain with boots and a pack on than it does at the crags!

South ridge of Mt. Lorette on the Left
Top of Mt. Lorette after a guided ascent of the South Ridge


South Ridge (II 5.4) – The classic climbers route up the mountain!  8-12 hours round trip. Group size up to 2.

Along the South Ridge of Mt Lorette

Gear List

All technical equipment is provided free of charge except for boots. However, if you have any of your own climbing gear feel free to use it! Rental and purchase information for boots, clothing and camping gear can be found here. If you are unable to locate any of these items or have any questions feel free to contact us at any time for assistance.

  • Small Pack (about 30 litres) – available for loan
  • Sturdy hiking boots or lightweight alpine boots
  • Harness – available for loan
  • Helmet – available for loan
  • Sweater/Fleece
  • Rain Jacket
  • Rain/Wind Pants
  • Light Gloves
  • Toque
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottles (2 litres)
  • Lunch