Location: Moraine Lake
Summit Elevation (m): 3134
Elevation Gain (m): 180
Total Distance (km): less than 2
Total Time: 2 Hours round trip from hut
Difficulty: 4th class, steep snow up to 45 degrees
Water Available: Hut
Cell reception: Reliable at Summit, none on approach
Rating: 5/5 for the ease of access, amazing views, not too terrible rock quality, and the amount of hands on scrambling on the ridge with intense exposure.
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One can take a variety of routes up the Northwest ridge of Mount Little, depending on how much snow there is (or how icy it is). If the snow is solid and it is early season you can ascend the Northwest ridge as described in “Rockies Central“, following the ridge most of the way up. However, when less snow is present, you can follow our route, or even leave the slope earlier/not touch it at all, this involves more difficult scrambling however.
Mount Little Scramble Route from Neil Colgan hut Mount Little Scramble alternate view from Fay Glacier, if more snow is present you can follow the prominent ridge line in the center of the photo. Typical terrain if you chose to avoid the snow. Picture taken on descent while Nick attempts to avoid freezing his feet in the snow.