N 50° 28.780 W 114° 49.573
BCP376 - Lantern Ridge
I've been interested in checking out this sort of out of the way cap for several weeks and in fact did so in early July to find a ford of the Highwood River would be necessary to complete the hike. Well we didn't have the fording gear at the time and the river was running a little harder, so today was the perfect day to take on this task.
We parked at the Lantern Creek parking area and followed the trail 300 - 400 metres down to the Highwood River crossing. After crossing the river the trail becomes an assortment of game trails and eventually a bit of a bushwhack until finding the old forestry road a couple of hundred metres later.
We followed the forestry road for about two kilometres until arriving at the drainage access point for Lantern Ridge. We built a small rock cairn at the drainage access point to mark our route for future visitors. The trail up the ridge was kind of hit and miss as a lot of bushwhacking was necessary, but not of the nasty sort - about a three on a ten scale. The ridge offers lots of up and no real relief until hitting the actual ridge. The ridge itself was a pleasant walk with a fine clearing to the west side of the ridge 100 metres north of the cap site which provided us with a fine view of Mount Odlum and Mount Loomis.
The cap was in good shape as it had been covered with a pile of rocks, sort of like a cairn. After a little dusting all was ready for the money shot and lunch before heading back to the trailhead.
Our track log showed a round trip distance of just under 10 kilometres and an elevation of just over 600 metres. This cap was one of those fine rustic type of backcountry experiences with no real trail and a few waypoints captured from MapSource to help set the trail for the hike. Just a fine hike in the mountains - TFTH and the pictures are on the way.