Utopia Mountain
2602m (8537ft.)

Located between Makwa Creek and Fiddle Creek; northwest of Utopia Creek. Miette Range, Jasper Park, Alberta Major headwater Athabasca River.
Latitude 53; 05; 45 Longitude 117; 46; 05, Topo map 83F/04
Can be seen from Highway 16

Named by Morrison P. Bridgland in 1916. From the summit Bridgland was able to look down upon their comfortable camp Official name.

Photo: Looking southwest to Utopia Mountain from the Sulphur Skyline summit (courtesy David Wasserman)
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Photo: Looking east across Talbot Lake to Utopia Mountain (in the distance) from the Yellowhead Highway

Just prior to his ascent of the mountain, Morrison Bridgland's surveying party had moved their camp up the Fiddle River Canyon beyond the hot springs and above much of the August heat and the torment of what he referred to as the "bulldog" black flies. The camp was in a lovely meadow with good water and cool temperatures. The campsite was in view from the summit of the mountain. Bridgland noted "Utopia" in the corner of his notebook and later the peak was assigned the name Mount Utopia. [MacLaren]
Scrambling Routes
Difficult for short section; exposure. Utopia Mountain may not be complete paradise, but it is an interesting scramble. It has seen comparatively few ascents in the past. Located in the dry Front Ranges near the eastern boundary of Jasper Park, its biggest asset may be the starting point at Miette Hot Springs. What could be a better way to end a scramble than a well-earned soak in the steaming sulphur pools? The view from the summit includes prairies, gentle ridge walks and smaller peaks nearby, plus distant giants like Mounts Robson and Edith Cavell. As part of the approach follows a streambed, the trip is better when the creek level is not too high. Although the mountain would certainly be feasible earlier, because of spring run-off I would suggest trying from about mid-July on. Kane, Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 326

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