BCP505 Akimina Pass
Posted N49° 01.679 W114° 03.454
GPSr N49° 01.680 W114° 03.453
A new cap in one of our favourite parks on a trail we have not hiked before... it didn't take Mrs. TiE and I too long to figure out what to do with Littlest TiE having a PD day off school today. We took off to overcast skies in Calgary wondering if we would get snow in Waterton. The gate on the Akamina Parkway, which is 1.4 km from the trailhead, closes at the first significant snowfall (or so I'm told). When we got to the parkway turnoff, there was only snow at higher elevations, but as we drove up the road, the surrounding area was getting more and more snow covered. When we arrived at the gate, it was indeed locked, even though the road was only wet. Oh well, adding another 1.4 km each way to the day's hike just meant more fun outdoors for us. We soon got to the trailhead and the snowfall and coverage was steadily increasing. As we hiked up the elevation gain, which is pretty easy going, the snow was getting deeper and deeper. By the time we neared the BC border, it was about 4 inches deep. The gaiters sure came in handy today. The "good" thing about having snow on the trail is that it lets you know if there are forest animals on the trail with you. The "bad" thing about snow on the trail is that it lets you know if there are forest animals on the trail with you . Today we had some company. We ended up following some decent cat tracks all the way to the BC border. The funny part was that the tracks turned right at the border towards and past the cap. I guess it had issues with crossing into BC. In any event, we never saw it and our trip was uneventful. The only danger I encountered was the occasional snowball from Littlest TiE that would hit me in the back. The cap is sure a unique one and different from other border monuments I have seen before. We ended up hiking 6km round trip from the gate with an elevation gain of about 160m. At Littlest TiE's pace, we completed the trip in just over 80 minutes. We plan to make a return trip to hike the extra 3.1km to Forum Lake where another cache awaits. What a great outing OFTH. Thanks for the cap!