BCP071 Devils Gap
N51° 18.516’ W115° 08.426’
Mrs BVPete and I went on a fabulous hike today to capture this cap! After careful study of the available info on the ridge we decided to access it from the Blackrock Mountain Trailhead. I was pretty sure that somewhere there would be a reasonable trail up to the summit of the ridge and sure enough j2d2 mentioned finding such a trail on his visit in 2003. He and his companions used the trail to descend the ridge after finding the cap and had, thankfully, recorded a track log. He sent it to me so we went well prepared for everything – except the wind.
We had no trouble at all getting to the correct trailhead in the F-150, no snow, no ice and almost no water in the North Ghost. We were the only people parked at the trailhead so the whole area was very quiet – except for the wind. So, off we went yelling loudly as taught by Sleepy Hollow to warn all big and scary forest creatures that we were coming. J2d2’s track log was bang on as we picked up the trail immediately. The lower section was a nice single track that followed a small creek upwards. As we got higher up the trail, it became obvious that it was being used by dirt bikers that appeared to have come in from the south. The dirt bike trails continued to a small col on the ridge, then turned and went right up to the summit, amazing. We did encounter some snow at the higher elevations in the trees, but nothing too serious.
Once we got to the col our 900 meter ridge walk commenced with the views beginning to unfold and my ohh my, they were absolutely spectacular. Our only problem was the wind which kept getting stronger with each meter of elevation gained until they were nothing short of ferocious at the top. Mrs BVPete stayed in some shelter just below the summit while I crab walked like a drunken sailor over to ground zero, feeling like I was about to learn how to fly, just like a bird. It took a while to find as some kind person had placed a small rock over the cap, a rock just like thousands of others on this ridge top. I persisted and eventually turned the right rock over to reveal some shiny brass. I quickly took my photos, went to find Sleepy Hollows nearby cache and vamoosed from the ridge top to join Mrs BVPete for the trek down. The entire 6.8 km roundtrip with its 410 meter elevation gain took us 3 ¼ hours (Mrs BVPete was really in the groove). We had some hot coffee waiting for us in the truck and it was very, very good!
Thanks for posting this cap ofth, it makes a great hike with few navigation problems and takes you to a truly awesome place. The cap numbers are hidden by a happy face cloud that briefly formed in the clear blue sky.
Edited for grammer!
[This entry was edited by BVPete on Friday, November 06, 2009 at 6:47:12 AM.]