- Round trip distance 8.6km, 860m ascent
The Orphan is arguably the most obscure peak in the Spray Valley 10. I explored the route on a solo trip last fall (Strava route), and other than a few cairns there is little evidence that anyone had ever been there before.
The peak is tucked in behind Big Sister, and the ascent route follows a drainage which was heavily impacted by the 2013 flood – all evidence of a trail has been washed away. As a result, it feels a little more remote than the other peaks on our route. The Orphan is a fitting name.
After hiking up through the drainage, the route turns left and climbs steeply up 500 vertical metres of slab. I thought this would be a fun place to take a crazy carpet.
The summit views on the Orphan are dominated by the Three Sisters to the north, and Rimwall to the South. Behind you, are glimpses of the Spray Lakes gleaming in the sun, and to the front is the Bow Valley with Wind Ridge and Grotto Mountain.
Next up – Rimwall!