Tombstone Mountain (Alberta)
3035m (9958ft.)

Located in the upper Elbow River Valley west of the pass between the headwaters of the Little Elbow River and the Elbow River. Kananaskis Park, Alberta
Latitude 50; 41; 05 Longitude 115; 00; 15, Topo map 82J/11


Named by George M. Dawson in 1884. Dr. Dawson thought that the pinnacle like slabs near the summit resembled tombstones. Official name.

Photo: Tombstone Valley from the west on the Elbow Pass Trail (courtesy Rienk Lakeman)
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Other Information
Looking west-northwest to Tombstone Mountain (courtesy Gerry Hopkins)

Note that there is another Tombstone Mountain in British Columbia.
Scrambling Routes
Moderate scrambling via the south ridge, possible exposure. The 82 J/11 map edition 2 incorrectly shows Tombstone Mountain at 407165. Tombstone Mountain has a double summit and is actually 1.5 km northwest. This scramble ascends the peak at the above coordinates, unofficially called Tombstone South. Tombstone South, tucked behind the Opal Range, sits in lovely subalpine surroundings not far from ever-popular Elbow Lake. The readily-approached south ridge is an enjoyable scramble, and much of it on delightfully firm slabs. At time of writing, the register recorded only three ascents in 13 years, despite ease of approach and its proximity to popular backpacking, hiking and mountain biking destinations. The summit view is excellent, surroundings are serene and bush is minimal. Although sections of the approach are rough, a mountain bike does save time. Try from July on.Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 154

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