BCP433 Green Mountain
N50° 37.394’ W114° 37.462’
This was a terrific hike and a fine place to claim my 1000th find.
I met up with Sleepy hollow and j2d2 in Turner Valley this morning and we carried on to Indian Oils RA in Sleepy hollows vehicle. We geared up and set out at a fast pace (no surprise with SH leading the race) soon arriving at Dyson Creek. We were following TiE and Son’s bike tracks as well as fresh bear tracks and believe me, there were no shortage of bear tracks on our hike today. Not to fear though as Sleepy hollow’s loud yodel would keep even the devil away! We all made the creek crossing unscathed, although j2d2 was ready with his camera to capture any embarrassing moments.
The journey continued up a hill, then a left turn onto the Green Mountain trail, then a few rolling kms to the start of the steep part as shown on the Calgary Trail Maps. The first part was though open forest, which soon yielded to beautiful open alpine meadows full of wild flowers and as we climbed higher we were treated to fabulous views of the front ranges. Ever since Dyson Creek Sleepy hollows yodels had been answered from the top of Green Mountain by, we assumed, TiE and Son and indeed that proved to be true as they made an appearance just as we arrived at the mushroom rock formations. It was very nice to meet you and your son Takin’ it Easy, after many months of log reading and e-mail communication.
After a short conversation they continued down and we continued up towards the top and the brass cap. J2d2 used a slightly different route than the one SH and I used and arrived at the cap first (sneaky . The cap was at the base of a large cairn that TiE and Son had left partly disassembled for us, so the find was easy. We took our photos, celebrated my find #1000 with strawberries (no cake or champagne), ate our lunch, rebuilt the cairn and headed towards the SE end of the ridge. J2d2 was the pathfinder on our return trip, using a modified version of the route shown on the Calgary Trail Map. We travelled down from the SE end of the ridge until we intersected the North Coal Creek / Green Mountain Trail where we turned right towards our starting point about 6 kms distant. Luckily, Sleepy hollow was able to keep all the bears away on our return journey!
Thanks for publishing this cap ofth, I thoroughly enjoyed the hike to this superb location with a couple of great guys!
The Brass Cap numbers are covered by a Heart-Leaved Arnica flower.