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Found it Sleepy_hollow found Brass Cap Cache- Smith-Dorrien Rd (Locked)

Sunday, 16 May 2010Alberta, Canada

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!

The nice wide forestry trail

Additional Images Additional Images

The nice wide forestry trail The nice wide forestry trail

Mount Armstrong appears to the west Mount Armstrong appears to the west

The first glance of multiple High Rock Range Peaks The first glance of multiple High Rock Range Peaks

Mount Armstrong from near the cap Mount Armstrong from near the cap

Looking north along the ridge Looking north along the ridge

Fording Pass from the cap site Fording Pass from the cap site

Checking out the many wild flowers Checking out the many wild flowers

A Crocus A Crocus

Raspberry Ridge LO to the SE Raspberry Ridge LO to the SE

View to the NE View to the NE

Cameron LO to the east Cameron LO to the east

Cougarman70 crossing the log bridge Cougarman70 crossing the log bridge

Go straight through at this sign Go straight through at this sign

One last look at the High Rock Range Peaks One last look at the High Rock Range Peaks

Courcelette Peak from FP Viewpoint Courcelette Peak from FP Viewpoint

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