N 50° 20.901 W 114° 42.873
BCP470 - Baril Creek Trail
Cougarman70 and I got a good early start this morning, found good parking, and a few moments later the Baril Creek Trail which can be accessed over the large hill to the NW from parking or by heading fifty to seventy metres to the north of parking along the Forestry Trunk and then about an additional forty metres to the west to pick up the trail. Once on the trail we were treated to a nice wide forestry trail with minimal elevation, little snow and mud, and even a two log bridge (thirty metres to the south of the trail) over the only drainage which otherwise would have required a ford.
Once past the bridge we followed the trail down past the Etherington Creek Trail to the junction with the Fitzsimmons Creek Trail and the Cataract Forestry Land Use Zone sign. At the sign a left takes you on to the magnificent peaks of Fording Pass, or a right / going straight up the Fitzsimmons Creek Trail. We followed the FCT for a little over one kilometre on two switchbacks, before stashing the bikes and heading up a secondary logging trail and later through the forest, the last eight hundred metres to the ridge.
Once on the ridge we were treated to 360 degree views of the area - simply spectacular! We snapped numerous pictures of the surrounding peaks, flowers, nearby lookouts (Raspberry and Cameron), and enjoyed lunch before heading back to the bikes.
Our round trip track log showed a distance of 17.3 km with an elevation gain of just 400 metres from the trailhead. This was simply a fine backcountry bike/hike that we would highly recommend. Thanks OFTH for the usual exceptional cap posting and to Cougarman70 for the terrific company on the trail!