BCP470 Baril Creek Trail
Posted N50° 20.901 W114° 42.873
GPSr N50° 20.900 W114° 42.874
Bearspaw Rednecks and I decided that we would enjoy the nice weather and do the bike/hike up the Baril Creek Trail to the cap today. When we arrived at parking the wind was really howling. As we progressed throught the mostly uphill trek towards the cap, occasional droplets of rain added to the wind. Where was the 20C and sunny that was forecasted (yah.... I know)? By the time we crossed the creek and ascended the ridge, the rain was light but falling steadily. The views up top were still quite exceptional, but our time up there was significantly shortened and we didnt take the time as planned to explore further to the north. By the time we reached our bikes, the rain had stopped and the weather was beginning to clear. We had great conversation as we pushed the bikes back up the hill from the creek bank. So great that we missed the turn onto the Baril Creek Trail and continued on the Fording Pass Trail towards Etherington Creek. As the continual uphill progressed we both questioned whether we remembered going this far downhill to the creek. Both of us thought something was weird, but instead of checking the GPSr, we continued on about 800m and 100m up in elevation gain along the trail before we realized our mistake. DOH!!! It was a great ride down, however, and this continued along the Baril Creek Trail all the way to the car. What a great ride out. It made the tough ride in worthwhile. The highlight of the ride out was a face to face encounter I had with a timberwolf walking along the trail. I came around the corner and there he was 20m in front of me. He was huge. As I hit the brakes, he looked startled and darted up into the woods. That was very cool! My first wolf sighting on the trails. Of course the weather was hot and sunny when we returned to the car. A great 18km trek today with a few caches and a cap. Thanks for another fine one OFTH!