N 51° 43.097 W 115° 27.137
BCP449 - Eagle Lake View
Takin' It Easy and I got an early start this morning to tackle this amazing off-trail hike. We arrived at the trailhead just off the Yaha Tinda Road around 8:45 am and began preparations for the hike to the top in search of the survey point. We began the hike with a fairly stiff initial 200 metres until reaching a gentle, grassy ridge which led to an equestrian trail. We followed the equestrian trail for a hundred metres and then resumed our uphill excursion to a game trail which headed in the direction of the cap. The game trail followed a nice steady uphill section that led to outstanding views of the Red Deer River Valley to the south and east. The trail followed the edge of the ridge pretty much to the top, with a few diversions through the trees due to blow down and drainage issues. The trail eventually came out at a grassy section that led to the summit ridge and the cap about 50 metres below on the saddle.
After arriving at the saddle, we quickly spotted the Alberta Survey markers and the pristine cap at GZ. The cap area is the perfect spot for pictures of the ridge, lakes to the north, and as a sheltered spot for lunch - just an outstanding location.
Following our cap find we proceeded to the west, down a scree ridge and through the forest down to Eagle Lake and James Lake to pick up the newly placed caches. After finding the James Lake cache we proceeded west along the Eagle Lake Trail back to the Yaha Tinda Road and our parking spot. Our track log showed a round trip distance of 15.6 km with 960 metres of elevation gain.
Due to nice even pitch / steady uphill grade on this off-trail hike, we would highly recommend this hike to cachers that enjoy pleasant ridgewalks, in a quiet location, with few difficulties. We'll post a few pictures of this most pleasant hike - thanks OFTH for a well chosen cap location!