N 50° 55.285 W 114° 41.968
BCP453 - Ranger Ridge
Elev. 1679 metres
I'd planned on heading out here last weekend before BVPete twisted my arm by dangling the prospect of a trip to Allsmoke Mountain in front of me to change my mind. I'm just as glad; by the sounds of things, the trail around Fullerton Loop was in much better shape today.
I left the loop trail at N50 54.957 W114 41.767 and followed an old road uphill. It wasn't heading anywhere near the cap, but it was gaining a lot of elevation on the ridge I wanted to be on. At N50 54.969 W114 41.527 I met up with what I have to assume is the mountain bike trail mentioned by BVPete in his log. It's a very nice trail, and I think I'll come this way again the next time I have reason to climb Ranger Ridge.
Meeting up with the eastern end of the cut line after a gentle climb up the spine of the ridge, I only had a short distance of very light bushwhacking left to get to ground zero, where I was greeted with the first snow of the hike. I zeroed out a bit north of last week's massive snow excavation (memories of Rochon Sands weren't far away) and managed to spot the cap under a tree in an area that was entirely free of snow. The cap is in excellent condition, standing just slightly above ground level on its pipe. I wrapped a length of flagging around the pipe and added two more pieces in the tree above it to aid future finders. After locating all three reference guard posts just for fun and finding the nearby cache, I even managed to find a spot with views of the mountains -- from Ranger Ridge of all places! Just about 70 metres to the south there's an open area with all the mountain views you could wish for. I didn't have blue sky (which seems to happen more often than not when I'm hiking), so the pictures aren't great, but hey, it's a view off Ranger Ridge that isn't just trees, trees and more trees! Thanks for the cap, outforthehunt.