Mount Fox
2973m (9754ft.)

Located on the continental divide north of Upper Elk Lake; west buttress of Elk Pass. on the border of Kananaskis & Elk Lakes parks, Alberta/BC border. Major headwaters Bow & Kootenay rivers.
Latitude 50; 34; 15 Longitude 115; 07; 00, Topo map 82J/11

Panorama viewpoint: Old Elpoca Bridge. Can be seen from Highways 40S and 742

Named by John Palliser in 1859. Fox, Lt. General C.R. (Lt. Gen. Fox was on the council of the Royal Geographical Society.) Official name.

First ascended in 1916 by Interprovincial Boundary Commission

Photo: Looking southwest to Mount Fox from Highway #40
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Other Information
Photo: Looking northwest to Mount Fox from Lower Elk Lake (courtesy Gerry Hopkins)

A "Mount Fox" was named by Captain Palliser and shown on his 1860 map but, like Mount Head in the lower Highwood Valley, the mountain now designated as Mount Fox was almost certainly not the mountain which Captain Palliser had in mind. Mount Fox is not a high nor prominent peak and since it is not located near North Kananaskis Pass through which John Palliser is thought to have travelled. It is likely explanation that Palliser was referring to the group of mountains now known as the British Military Group and dominated by Mount Sir Douglas. It is not certain who Capt. Palliser had in mind when the name was chosen. A likely individual was Sir Charles Fox, a prominent British railway designer who built lines in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Eastern Canada.

The first ascent of the peak was completed on July 31, 1916. This was a special trip for the Interprovincial Boundary Survey as heavy snowfall the previous fall had prevented the placing of a "Brass Bolt and Cairn No. 8M" on the summit when the survey of the area was being finalized the previous fall.

Scrambling Routes
Difficult, committing, exposed scramble. Mount Fox grants a fabulous view of the Kananaskis Lakes and Elk Pass and will appeal to competent scramblers. Almost half the elevation gain requires hands-on rock scrambling and there is no quick way off. Although not as technically difficult as Mount Smuts, loose rock and the overall length make this route at least as serious. With good weather it is suitable for experienced, capable parties. Try from July on if the east ridge is snowfree. This ridge is visible from the highway by King Creek, appearing as an uninterrupted line angled at 40 from Elk Pass to the summit. An ice axe is useful.Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies A mountaineering scramble requiring a short glacier crossing, but otherwise easy. Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 170

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