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

Wednesday, 15 August 2012Alberta, Canada

N 53° 12.760 W 117° 42.286

BCP210 - Folding Mountain

I ended up getting a later than usual start this morning to check out this fine viewpoint. I decided to park in the Hwy. 16 west bound rest area a few hundred metres west of the trailhead.

The day started off with a brilliant blue sky and the promise of reasonable temperatures - fortunately everything held together for the trek.

The first section of the hike to the HTEG Micro is a nice forest trail that has a few exposed tree roots, but little or no excessive vegetation on the actual trail. Past the Micro up to dronnard's cache you encounter a bit of blowdown on the trail, though the locals have obviously spent a significant amount of time clearing things off.

Past the dronnard micro you hit a fairly lengthy section of trail that I'll refer to as the car wash due to the fairly heavy vegetation growth on the primary trail, which this morning was loaded with water from yesterday's monsoon. Needless to say the hiking boots and pants quickly became saturated with water and for awhile there appeared to be no end in sight of the long grass and plants on the trail. Thankfully with a little more elevation the trail cleared up a bit and the Sun was nice and warm once I made it out of the trees.

After PDOP's last cache there is a section of something over a kilometre to the summit - this section includes a short airy section where you wouldn't want to slip to the east and a fairly steep approach to the top.

On top there are magnificent views in all directions. One could simply continue a fairly level ridgewalk in almost any direction from the summit, as there are quite a few connected ridges. I was even surprised to see a quad trail to the south, which means you could almost ride to the summit - but we know cappers wouldn't want it that easy!

At the summit cairn, I took apart the cairn to find the cap. I was quite surprised at the caps condition given a fairly recent visitor. Oh well, I got out the cleaning kit and the cap was ready for the money shot.

Wow, what a fine little hike - the track log showed a round trip distance of 17.3 km with approximately 800 - 900 metres of elevation gain.

Thanks OFTH for another fun elevated experience!

Folding Mountain Track Log

Additional Images Additional Images

Folding Mountain Track Log Folding Mountain Track Log

Folding Mountain Elevation Profile Folding Mountain Elevation Profile

The trailhead just off the Yellowhead The trailhead just off the Yellowhead

Travel through the forest is easy Travel through the forest is easy

Views open up Views open up

A good trail at this point A good trail at this point

Trail is looking good Trail is looking good

Good views of the valley Good views of the valley

Towards Folding Mtn. Towards Folding Mtn.

The trail gets a bit steep The trail gets a bit steep

Target is almost in sight Target is almost in sight

Local wildlife Local wildlife

Drive to the summit Drive to the summit

SH at the Summit SH at the Summit

Towards the Yellowhead Towards the Yellowhead

The cap site The cap site

Ridge to the south Ridge to the south

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