N 49° 50.791 W 114° 21.350
BCP557 - Thunder Mountain
Well with a new cap at an elevated location available, TiE, BVPete, and I headed out this morning with the goal of arriving at the TH after sunrise. We made it to the TH by 8:45 am and surveyed our options for the hike. We decided on the ridge extending to the NE from the survey point as our route due to earlier trip reports and what seemed to be a reasonable track log.
The trail was pretty straight forward and we quickly found ourselves well above our parking spot. We made quick work of the lower section and arrived at the Thunder Mountain boulder field. The spot allows for amazing views to the east and west, as well as giving you a good look at the ridge ahead.
After snapping a number of pictures we got back on the trail and enjoyed some pleasant experiences on the ridge to the summit.
It took a little work to find the elusive cap, but TiE found a survey artifact and shortly thereafter the cap - way to go TiE! After getting the necessary pictures, we quickly retreated off the ridge due to the freezing wind - it was quite nasty!
The trip back down the ridge to the car went very well despite the collection of snow along the trail.
Simply another fine shoulder season hike with fine company - thanks OFTH for the well chosen location and to TiE and BVPete for the great conversation on the trail.