N 52° 08.133 W 116° 01.432
BCP765 - Onion Ridge
We decided to do a little recon on this amazing cap site today with an early morning departure from Calgary. We made a few stops on the way out to the Onion Creek Trail Head before gearing up for the hike up one of the potential ridges leading to the cap.
The Onion Creek Trail had a slightly above boot top layer of snow with no prints in the snow this morning. We quickly reached the Hummingbird Creek Junction and headed up the west side of the drain through the forest. After the first 300 metres along the trail the trees on the ridge thinned out nicely making for a pleasant walk through the forest.
Once at the tree line we hit the first rocky outcrop that provided us with protection from the icy cold breeze 50 - 75 kph on the east side. We geared up with extra layers, ski goggles, etc and headed up to the next high point on the ridge. The going was easy as the ridge was wind swept, but the stiff breeze was nasty. At the top of the ridge we faced a fairly good reversal which made us review the distance needing to be covered to the cap and the time of day. With plans to make a few stops on the way back to Calgary, we decided to head back to the vehicle with a successful piece of recon having been completed. We'll return in a few weeks time with the longer days of spring - thanks OFTH for setting up this truly amazing cap location.