BCP718 - Devil's Gap 2
Posted: N 51° 16.940 W 115° 10.276
GPSr: N 51° 16.941 W 115° 10.278
The BVPetes and the TiEs set out to hike Devil's Gap. After hiking Kolbassa Tower recently, we confirmed that the route to the Banff National Park boundary through the river bed/berm was still navigable with a vehicle with good ground clearance as evidenced by the well pack tire tracks. To be safe, this time we left a second car at the top of the big hill as backup and set out down the hill in BVPete's truck. We made an immediate left once in the gravel river bed and resisted immediately crossing over to the berm as we tried that last week and it got sketchy. We soon reached an obvious spot to go up the berm and followed the tracks to a nice grassy area. At this point the tracks split into 2 (really 3, but we missed the far right one). Our first choice (the middle one) didn't drop to the river nicely, so we took the left one through the woods. I wouldn't recommend this one as it is really rutted and narrow. You will have difficulty avoiding branches, 2 cars could not pass and would be bad if wet. In any event, BVPete's skillful driving on this route took us right to the Banff info sign where Mrs. BVPete spotted this fine cap about 4 m in front of the sign. What a well positioned cap indeed. Thanks to OFTH for posting it and the OK to log. After a fantastic hike up the Devil's Gap to Red90's cache and then to the first water filled lake, we returned to the truck and tried a different route back along the river bed. We passed another vehicle camping at the boundary and took the wide open, well packed route back to the spot where chose the forest route. This is where we spotted the third route that we should have taken the first time. This was definitely the most used route and was no problem as long as the gravel river bed is dry. We were soon back at the top of the hill smiling after a fine day in the mountains in a fantastic area.
Note, if you park at the base of the Trans Alta road big hill, it is probably only a 2.5 km hike over to the cap if you don't want to drive it. It was fun though. Thanks for posting this one OFTH and for the company and transportation Mr. and Mrs. BVPete.
P.S. Happy Birthday BVPete!!!