BCP719 - Devils Gap Trail
Posted: N 51° 15.808 W 115° 13.865
GPSr: N 51° 15.810 W 115° 13.864
After checking out the cap at the info sign, we set out on the Devil's Gap trail. The trail followed the SAB trail map until we got to an dry gravel river bed. You could see the faint trail break left, but we elected to hike the gravel bed as it was wide and dry. This come out at a dry lake bed that we followed to the other end before catching a side trail back to the main trail. We eventually came across Red90's Devil's Gap cache where we stopped for lunch and discovered that the mosquitos were starting to show up already but only in small numbers. We had yet to find a water filled lake bed yet, so we continued on down the trail and eventually came across the last of the Ghost Lakes which was really picturesque and still quite low at this end. It was just us, a few geese and a couple of deer enjoying the area... at least what was in view. There was lots of evidence of moose tracks across the lake beds. We spotted a raised island feature straight ahead to the SW that we accessed following the south side of the lake. I think the main trail goes to the north side, but it was too interesting to not check out. There was a dry, wide land bridge over to the raised island that we crossed. I'm not sure this spit ever sees water anymore. This spot seems to have been visited a few times as rocks were placed as seats and there was fire pit remnants as well. Right in the middle was a large spike with engravings on it. What a neat spot for a survey marker. We guessed that it may be a Trans Alta marker of some sort. We took in the views of the peaks of Mt Costigan and really enjoyed the isolation here. Next time we'll have to go all the way to Lake Minnewanka. We decided to cross the dry spots of the lake bed on the way back where we spotted tracks of another creature that lives in the back country. A good reminder to hike in groups, make noise and carry bear spray out here! We altered our route on the way back keeping in the open river/lake beds more than the trail and were soon back at the truck after an 11 km round trip hike with minimal elevation gain.
Another great cap location OFTH. Thanks for posting it and the OK to log. The BVPetes and the TiEs had a terrific day!