Castle Wildland Provincial Park

Alberta Parks

Mount Ptolemy

This towering peak is the highest mountain in the Crowsnest Range. The trail winds through the forest beside Ptolemy creek with several creek crossings. The trail eventually leaves the creek bed and begins a gradual ascent. At the fork, take the trail to the right.

A long, straight stretch terminates in an old parking area. An orange hiker sign marks the beginning of a single-track ascent up to a wide, rocky plateau. This is a popular staging area for climbers and cavers.

Trailhead instructions:

  • Drive west along Hwy 3 through the Crowsnest Pass. Shortly before the AB/BC border is a large blue sign for Ptolemy Trailhead. Turn left and travel south down a gravel road for 3km.
  • Please park in the pullout and do not disturb the streambed with your vehicle. If limited parking, please park in the Ptolemy Creek Staging Area

Warning: In spring and early summer, the creek crossing through the swift and deep water can pose a serious hazard.

Length 7.4 km one way
Elevation: 1474m
Summer hiking Hiking
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Trails: Castle Wildland Provincial Park | All Parks
Updated: Apr 16, 2021