N 53° 31.457 W 118° 00.408
BCP216 – Moberly Ridge
I decided to check out this long forgotten cap this afternoon, as a number of the longer cap hikes in the area would have been difficult given the monsoon that was parked over the Hinton-Jasper area for most of the day.
I actually hit the trail just before lunch from the base of the fire lookout access road and enjoyed a muddy, but reasonable trail to the Moberly Lookout.
At the lookout the GPS indicated a further 1.6 km to the cap site. So I headed off into the forest with some nasty deadfall, but not as bad as a few of the reclaimed forestry access roads I have experienced in recent weeks. About 50 – 100 meters into the bushwhack, I was fortunate to pick up a well flagged trail / cutline that headed in the direction of the cap. Now this was fine while it lasted, but things quickly deteriorated as I crossed blow down a plenty and bushes loaded with water from the monsoon.
I aimed to stay high to minimize the blow down experience and soon I found the cap ridge with a nice open game trail heading towards the cap. A couple of hundred meters along the ridge I ran into a wall of blow down, that I worked my way around on the south side of the ridge.
Before I knew it, I was at GZ and looking for the cap. It’s a bit of a challenge to find with all of the thick fresh growth in the area. Fortunately after checking out a few spots I came up with the goods – what a pristine cap! I cleared a little vegetation for the money shot, packed up the camera gear, and headed back to the trailhead.
Overall my track log showed a round trip distance of 11.2 km with about 400 – 500 meters of elevation gain. What a terrific little walk in the park – thanks OFTH for setting this one up and I hope it doesn’t take another five years before the next cacher visits this fine cap!