Grotto Mountain

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Grotto Mountain
Grotto Mountain 2005.jpg
Grotto Mountain from Ha Ling Peak, 2005
Highest point
Elevation 2,706 m (8,878 ft)
Prominence 238 m (781 ft)
Coordinates 51°05′00″N 115°16′00″W / 51.08333°N 115.26667°W / 51.08333; -115.26667
Location Alberta, Canada[1]
Parent range Fairholme Range
Topo map NTS 82O/03
First ascent 1858 by Eugène Bourgeau
Easiest route Scramble

Grotto Mountain is a mountain located in the Bow River valley, across from Canmore, Alberta, Canada. It is a popular hiking spot among locals and is home to the Rat's Nest Cave.

The mountain was named for a grotto-like cave with it.[2]

There are two main scrambling routes:

  • Northwest Variation - from the ACC clubhouse, ascends the northwest side of the mountain on a good hiking trail. At tree line, the trail narrows to the false summit. From there, it is a gradual ascent to the summit with brief stints of scrambling but mostly hiking.
  • Direct route. Ascends directly under the summit. Shorter but more arduous.


  1. ^ "Grotto Mountain". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. 
  2. ^ Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 60. 

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