BCP455 - Corckscrew Mountain
Coordinates: N51 59.59242 W115 18.17172; accuracy: 2m
Elevation: 1901.8m; accuracy: 2m
Great hike! Thanks for posting this cache.
We headed out from Rocky Mountain House at 8:00, taking the rout via Caroline. It was kind of cold when we headed out until we got going. We initially started up the drainage at the recommended parking coordinates, but it quickly became loaded with dead fall, so we headed up out of it on the left (West). This way quickly became dense with dead fall as well, so we just did our best to pick our way through it. We started seeing patches of snow around 20 min into the hike. Once we got near the top of the ridge, it was now patches of bare ground. The snow was as much as 3inches deep.
This climb took much longer than I had anticipated due to all the dead fall. When we started off, hearing the distance was 1.5km, one of the guys said "that’s all?". Tuned out to be the toughest 1.5km any of us had ever done.
I made a snow man at the summit, sitting beside the cap. But as soon as I turned around to get some twigs for arms, it toppled over the cliff. I had been thinking of putting my GPS around its neck; good thing I didn't. Anyway, I rebuilt him for a quick photo opp. While the other 2 guys were off exploring farther along the ridge, I took a quick nap in a nearby snow free meadow.
We grabbed the Sleepy_hollow summit cache before having lunch, then the 2nd Sleepy_hollow cache on the way down. This cache took us down on the East side of the drainage. This side is much better; less snow, less dead fall, and we even found an old path like thing that had been cleared with a chain saw that started around 1/2 way, and took us about 2/3 of the remaining way down. Then we followed the edge of the drainage. Again, not too much dead fall (I think the dead fall along the edge all fell into the drainage).
We took the scenic route back to Rocky via the Trunk Road then Hwy 752. It was on the trunk road snaking around Corkscrew Mountain that I realized why it was called Corkscrew. Crazzy road. We saw a ton of ATVers camped on the side of the road all along Hwy 752.
This entry was edited by Andronicus on Thursday, 17 June 2010 at 07:53:10.