Redstreak mountain is a formidable scramble objective that, until now,
has suffered from access issues and
sparse beta which is a real tragedy because it's an above-average quality scramble that tests climbing and navigation skills as well as perseverance.
You must be mentally engaged at all times up higher on the route as there is potential to easily get into terrain that is beyond scrambling, both on the ascent and descent.
Redstreak Mountain has been on my radar for years, but the understandable conflict created from accessing it via private land or the Redstreak campground, as well as reports of confusing route finding, difficult terrain, and unpleasant bushwhacking, has always made me choose other objectives.
In recent years, a few people have circumvented the private land and initial tedious terrain by rerouting to a firebreak on the northwest side of the mountain,
most recently including Brandon Boulier who used it as a
descent route. This is brilliant - but still causes friction for parking and access if you aren't staying at the campground.
But because I've stayed at the campground every year as a kid and have explored the surrounding trails extensively, I believed I knew a solution - the last piece to the puzzle. I eagerly tested it out in the summer of 2021.
The map below shows the route. Use the map controls on the right side of the image or click and drag with your mouse to move the map, use CTRL and your mouse wheel to zoom, use the keyboard only with SHIFT and arrow keys to rotate or CTRL and arrow keys to pan. On a touch screen use two fingers.
Mountain Scramble Route - Parry Loeffler.gpx
* This track is not high resolution, so don't rely on it for route finding at a micro level *
The route I took begins right from Highway 93 at the Juniper trail parking lot just inside (east of) the Kootenay National Park west gate. From there, I walked away from the park gates towards where the highway tunnels through the mountain. Just before the
canyon, I looked across the road to the right where I remembered a path from when I was a kid that looks a bit rough but soon becomes distinct and well defined. I followed this as it gently wound up to the plateau where the campground sits. I did NOT try to shortcut the trail - that causes erosion, it's not long, and is a good warmup.