BCP593 Idlewilde Mtn
N52° 02.255’ W115° 28.854’
Mr Takin it Easy and I picked today as the day to take a drive and go on a long hike up a “mountain” to find a bit of brass. A strange but irresistible activity! I was driving and we went north from Cochrane to Caroline then straight west on 591 to 734 (40), then north on 734 to our parking spot at N52° 04.053 ‘ W 115° 29.437’ . This spot is only a short distance south of Hwy 752 which is the road we used to get back to hwy 22. Our route today was engineered by TiE based on Google Earth and one described by Viajero Perdido in his log on the nearby Idlewilde Cache. The route proved to be very good as it avoided unnecessary elevation gain and loss by contouring around some summits until we got to the Idlewilde Cache. Once we had found that we turned and headed northwest up to the summit on steep ATV trails to the cap. Interestingly this pristine cap had a cap....made of tin (see photo). We stopped here for a while to enjoy some lunch before taking the cap photos and carried on to the northwest. We followed the high point of the ridge on the way back until forced over to our ascent trail where we again avoided the last summit bump. I believe TiE will be sharing the route in his log. We did discover some very interesting geological features during our return journey that may require a repeat visit.
The various trails we used were pretty good, the views were great , the weather was perfect and the company was outstanding, who could ask for anything more.
Thanks for another fine cap posting ofth well worth the 13.7 km hike with an cumulative elevation gain of about 400 meters (that includes travelling to the Idlewilde cache).