N 50° 51.529 W 115° 08.926
BCP618 – Limestone Ridge
I made it to the trailhead bright and early this morning to check out this well positioned cap. I ended up using the track log for Limestone Mountain from www.soistheman.com and followed it to the summit of Limestone Mountain. The view from Limestone Mountain was amazing and to some degree helped to identify the route to the cap site.
After hiding a cache near the summit of Limestone Mountain, I began the hike / scramble to Limestone Ridge. Two significant rock bands on the east side of Limestone Mountain requires you to lose several hundred metres of elevation before you can head up the correct rib directly to the cap site on Limestone Ridge. The hike up the rib to the summit involves little or no difficulty, other than a few significant steep slabs which can be easily avoided.
Once on the ridge the cap was quickly located with the typical white plastic and survey materials found at most of the cap site summits in the Kananaskis area and of course the pristine cap embedded in rock at GZ. The views at the top didn’t last for very long as number of clouds rolled into the summit on my arrival. There’s a nice ridge leading to the Wedge that looked especially interesting to explore, but with the ridge covered in cloud I decided to wait for another day.
On the way back I simply followed the dominant rib and then crossed two drains to head back on the track down from Limestone Mountain. You could simply follow the dominant rib down to Rocky Creek, but it might require a ford or two and lots of tedious rock hopping.
Overall my track log showed a round trip of 7.5 km with 1100 metres of elevation when taking the two summits into consideration. Thanks OFTH for setting up this fine cap in Kananaskis Country!