May 29, 2017
I had previously summited Loder Peak via Jura Creek, which is the hiking route described by Gillean Daffern. I wanted to do the scramble route from the other side, via Door Jam Mountain. Both routes are good – it just depends on what you are after and how comfortable you are on steep slabs. If this report does not thrill you, then the Daffern hiking route is a great way to nab this summit.
Quality hiking boots with excellent tread, poles, and your regular day pack kit.
From the Jura Creek parking spot, start on the main trail. Take first right to immediately gain the ridge. Follow ridge to Door Jam Mountain, and then continue on the ridge to Loder Peak. Return the same way, or go down via gully to Jura Creek. Follow creek back to parking spot.
Park at the Jura Creek Trail Head, which is conveniently marked on Google Maps. This is directly across from the industrial site. Please do not park on the road as large trucks are continually passing. If the area is full, then you’ll have to come back another day.
From the pull out on the north side of the road, go west on the main hiking trail. Keep an eye out for the first major trail on the right. There are a million little trails, so find the one heading straight up the ridge towards Door Jam Mountain.
Once on the trail to Door Jam, just keep going up. I don’t have many photos of lower down because of the noise from the cement works was pretty intense. We were pleasantly surprised that we were able to hike high enough get out of the noise zone.
For the most part, it’s a hike punctuated with sections of fun scrambling on big limestone slabs.
It is usually windy here, even on nice days. This can be a blessing on hot days, but quite annoying on chinook wind days.
Time to the top of Door Jam Mountain was 1 hour, 45 minutes. Distance is about 2.5 km. Elevation gain is 656 m (2,165′).
From the summit of Door Jam Mountain, there is a short descent, and then it is a ridge walk to Loder Peak.
Distance to the summit of Loder Peak is about 3 KM. Elevation gain is 768 m (2,534′). Hiking time is 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Loder Peak Return
If you want a there and back trip, then turn around at Loder Peak and retrace your steps.
If you want to make this a traverse, then descend the other side of Loder Peak, and head for the col that connects with Old Goat Mountain. From the col, there is a path down through the treed gully that takes you to Jura Creek. Once at Jura Creek, turn left and hike back to the parking spot.
Loder Peak is a lovely but short scramble, best saved for early or late season as you don’t need all day to do it.
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Totals – Tracked on Map My Hike
Date: May 29, 2017
Group: Three (Alisen, Mike and Annette)
Distance: 6.5 km
Elevation: 768 m (2,534′)
Time: 4 hours (includes 1/2 hour lunch)
Must do that as soon as the snow melts! I think the hiking might be over for the year, except for the lower canyon options. We did Grotto canyon last Sunday (pickle jar on Saturday) and loved the inukshuk garden and the cave. Looking forward to doing it in December when the waterfalls have frozen over.But back to your hike, it looks perfect for May or June 2021. I appreciate the detail you provide in your posts. It helps a lot 💕 Have a wonderful week, Alisen.
Grotto is lovely! Have you been up Jura Creek? It’s a long way to the end, but it’s super fun with all the rock formations. That is the alternate route to Loder.
It’s been years since I was at Picklejar. Good for you for making the most of the wonderful fall weather!!!
I did find some more good hikes in the Sheep River area. Missing Link, and I might also do Volcano Ridge. However, I do agree with you that it’s time to start switching to the boards. Need MORE snow to fall though 🙂
Have a great week too!
No, not yet. We’ve looked at it on some hiking websites and think it looks like a good one to do. I didn’t realize it was the alternative route to Loder. Good to know! Have you climbed Grotto Mountain itself? We have a condo in Three Sisters (which looks across at Grotto Mountain) so often look for something to do near there in an afternoon. We might do McGilvery Canyon next weekend if there isn’t too much snow.
I haven’t heard of Volcano Ridge so will definitely google that. Thanks for all the useful tips 😊
I tried to do Grotto once, but ended up missing the proper tail head. Our daughters were very young and we didn’t want to get caught in that big crack/gully 1/2 way up. Anyhoo, went too far, then came back. Went up a bit, but by then the day was a-wasting… Still on the old bucket list.
Hey – we should do a joint post. Maybe call it Hiking and Healing?
I’d love to do that! I’ve messaged you through the contact details on your website.