INTRODUCTION This mountain has a "Half Dome like" north face that is visible from near the town of Winlaw, BC. The first route up the north face of Mount Wilton was reported by David Lussier in the Canadian Alpine Journal as being called Frog Peak. In the Backroad Mapbook for the Kootenay Rockies BC the peak is labeled as Mt Wilton. Valhalla Pure Outfitters, in Nelson, BC, sells this spiral bound book of 1:200,000 scale maps. On the Mountain Project locator map a third name is also used; Sugarloaf.
APPROACH Start by driving to the confluence of the Slocan and Kootenay rivers, located along Highway 3A between Castlegar and Nelson. Head north up Highway 6, a few kilometers past Slocan Park, to a left turn onto Passmore Road. About six kilometers up the Little Slocan River, look for a left onto Boulder Creek Road. A few klicks after the road leaves the creek, stay right on a logging road that traverses to the next valley west and ends on east slopes of Mount Wilton.
The Backroad Mapbook shows an elevation gain of about 500 meters of sub-alpine cross-country hiking to reach the base of the north face.
ROUTE DESCRIPTIONDavid Lussier is a local mountain guide who operates out of Nelson, BC. Here is how he described the route in the 2000 Canadian Alpine Journal:"The north face of Frog Peak is a beautiful, Half Dome-like granite wall...""In general the climbing was well protected on solid granite with some quartz intrusions. The upper part of the face is quite sheer, with many vertical crack systems, and is marked by a big roof. The lower part is broken by horizontal ledges, and there t...[more]Browse More Classics in International