N 51° 30.518 W 115° 23.603
BCP374 - Burnt Timber Lookout
Our trip to the Burnt Timber Lookout started early this morning with the four of us coordinating our travel plans. It took us roughly 3 hours from Calgary (we of course stopped for a few caches on the way) to reach the recommended parking noted in the Fire Lookouts in the Canadian Rockies book.
The trip up to the lookout followed a nice wide fire road which has recently seen some quad traffic. There is one spot where you lose significant elevation as the fire road works it's way around a major rock band.
Once on top of the ridge the views to the former lookout site and surrounding area were amazing. However, after a short time we ran into a stiff wind that simply didn't let up until we were off the ridge and back in the trees. The cap site was found quickly as the coordinates are very good and the site is well marked. We took the customary cap photos and a few pictures of the area. Great spot!
The trip was much shorter on the way down as RedRouge found a short cut to help us avoid the switchback and elevation loss. Our trip track log showed a round trip distance of 10.51 km, with an elevation loss / gain of 700 metres over a 3 1/2 hour trip.
Simply an exceptional lookout hike with outstanding views and terrific company. TFTH and the pictures are on the way.