BCP433 Green Mountain
Posted N50° 37.393 W114° 37.466
GPSr N50° 37.393 W114° 37.466
I was looking for a memorable trip to mark our 100th cap and my son was looking for a memorable trip to mark his first day of summer vacation. We elected to go for the unfound Green Mountain cap and perhaps take a long side trip up to Junction Lookout on our way back. We set out on our bikes at 7:30 AM. Fresh off of Sleepy_hollow's and my bear encounter in Waterton, I was a little apprehensive today and it didn't help to see a fresh grizzly track no more than a few hundred metres from the car along the trail... and then another... and another. The rains had left lots of track traps (thanks Mantracker) to spot them today. We continued to see tracks all the way to the fording of Dyson Creek but no bears . I used the patented SH Whoa yodel the whole way in. We planted a cache at the falls, put on our fording shoes and made the trip across the shin deep water. We diverted to the Green Mountain Trail and started seeing more bear tracks coming from the other direction. There was lots of mud in the lower sections that showed fresh tracks. These appeared to be a sow and cub. A few more km of yodelling and an elevation gain shy of 300m from the crossing and we arrived at the top of Green Mountain at 10:00AM. Spectacular views and really unique rock formations. What a great spot!!! Found 3 marker post and the one with the 3 foot pile of rocks on it was GZ. Dug out the south side and quickly found the pristine cap at ground level. Took the appropriate shots, hid another cache and it was time for lunch. In the distance we could hear some more yodelling. SH, J2D2 and BVPete had also chosen to make the hike today. We caught up with them at the rock formations and exchanged hellos and bear sign comments. We left to get back to our bikes and upon arrival there was a huge pile of scat about 5 m from our bikes that neither of us recalled seeing before. As we headed back there were more tracks and scat along the trail headed the way we were going. We then started noting several trees all along the trail on both sides that had been clawed up. Some as high at 8 feet up. With this and an impending rain , we decided to skip Junction lookout and head back to the car. Made a quick fording this time as we just ran through and then biked and yodelled the downhill section all the way back passing a cyclist heading in and 2 horseback riders heading back. We arrived at our car at 12:00PM just as it started to rain. A very memorable outing. Great views, quality time with my son, bear paranoia (or not), meeting fellow cachers (BVPete for the first time, nice to meet you finally)... time for a beer. Thanks for another fun cap outing OFTH!