Mount MacDonald


Total Distance: 29.0 km (return)
Estimated Time: 9 hours
Average Grade: 11.2%
Structure: Linear - Return
Elevation Gain: 1623 m
Start Elevation: 624 m
Max Elevation: 2247 m


Hike to Radium Lake (see Radium Lake trail) then continue past the Lake.


Elevation Gain 1667m (342m from the Macdonald-Webb col).

After the lake the trail gets much steeper. It is still in good condition though, and well marked except at the beginning. It gains elevation pretty quickly and soon you are able to get some good views of the ridge to the south. If you need water don’t bother filling up at the lake or the little streams that come down the mountain. About 20 minutes up the trail you will cross a very nice stream with good, clean water. After you first meet the stream you will climb a bit more until you enter a big bowl with the ridge above. The stream runs right down the middle of it through the boulders.

This part gets pretty steep, but slow and steady rewards you with beautiful views of Webb and MacDonald.

Continue to the peak on your right for the MacDonald summit. The ridge line going to your left takes you to Mount Webb.

The scramble up Macdonald is a class 2 or 3, Matt Gunn's Scrambles lists it moderate. The routefinding is the trickiest bit, but in reality, you can't really go wrong, but you can make it a lot harder for yourself (and less safe) if you stray from the described route. Takes about 1:20 from the col.


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