The Fortress
3000m (9843ft.)

Located in the Kananaskis River Valley south of Galatea Creek. Kananaskis Range, Kananaskis Park, Alberta
Latitude 50; 49; 40 Longitude 115; 14; 20, Topo map 82J/14

Panorama viewpoint: Evans-Thomas Creek Bridge; Kananaskis Village. Can be seen from Highway 40S

Named in 1957. The mountain, when viewed from the north, has the appearance of a fortress. Official name. Other names The Tower

Looking southwest to The Fortress from Highway #40 near Wedge Pond
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Looking west-southwest to The Fortress (courtesy Calvin Damen)

The Fortress is perhaps the most spectacular peak seen while driving up the Kananaskis River Valley. The names of the vast majority of the mountains in the Canadian Rockies begin with "Mount" or end with "Mountain." It is in keeping with the distinct character of this peak that its name is somewhat unique in that it begins with "The."

In the early summer, when the slopes of the high ridge in the foreground are emerald green and with The Fortress's vertical cliffs rising symmetrically to the flat-topped summit, this is one of the most picturesque and aptly named peaks in the Kananaskis Valley.

Once known as The Tower, it was renamed because of possible confusion with a peak known as The Towers whose name dated back to 1885. This mountain is located in the Mount Assiniboine area to the west of Wonder Pass.

Despite the name of the ski resort nearby, Fortress Mountain is a high peak on the Continental Divide north of the east end of Fortress Lake (sixty kilometres south of Jasper).

*A hiking route to the summit is described in Gillean Daffern’s Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 1.

Scrambling Routes
An easy scramble via southwest ridge. The Fortress is the second most popular scramble in the Chester Lake area. For variety, you can combine two approach options to make a loop, visiting entirely different valleys complete with exquisite alpine lakes. From Highway 40, the towering 600 m north face above Fortress ski area does present a fortress-like appearance. Even the turrets are evident. That perspective gives no hint of a gentle shoulder leading easily to the top. There are two possible approaches. See Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies. Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 103

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