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

Monday, August 25, 2014Alberta, Canada

N 50° 34.533 W 115° 14.351

BCP663 - Northover Ridge

I got a later than expected start from the trail head to check out this outstanding cap location. The trail was in reasonable shape with one wash out on the Upper Lakes Trail and one newly constructed bridge over another creek. Route finding to Hidden Lake is a challenge with a huge amount of debris at the north end of the lake. The Fossil Falls section of the trail was in good shape with only a few muddy spots from the recent rains. From Fossil Falls to Aster Lake there are a few detours due to the June 2013 rain which make the going a little tricky as the trail isn’t well marked. From Aster Lake to the within 700 metres of the cap site you simply head around Aster Lake in a clockwise direction and pick up the dry creek bed to the Northover Ridge Trail or by fording Aster Creek and following the west shoreline of the lake.

Well after a few hours and kilometres on my day trip to the cap site I arrived at the base of a rather challenging little peak which had the cap at the summit. I picked my route up an endless series of ramps which took me past a number of challenging rock bands on the way up. Once you get past the rock bands it’s an almost flat to slightly uphill 200 metre walk to the cap marked by the typical GP.

The views from the cap are amazing – what else would you expect when you’re in the vicinity of Northover Ridge. The cap site had the typical white plastic cover ground cover surrounding the GP which is fairly common with Kananaskis area cap summits. As would be expected the cap is in pristine condition and only required the removal of a few small pieces of scree to reveal the target.

I decided to return the way I came today due to my late arrival at the cap site (4:00 pm) and a slightly shorter distance back to parking. Overall it was a fourteen hour round trip with plenty of elevation and distance. Simply a well-chosen cap site and one that is probably best done as a three day trip to complete Northover Ridge Loop. Thanks OFTH for setting up the cap and I’ll post a few pictures of the incredible scenery along the way!

Kananaskis Trail Map

Additional Images Additional Images

Kananaskis Trail Map Kananaskis Trail Map

Lake view this morning Lake view this morning

Fishermen along the trail Fishermen along the trail

Drift wood collected at the north end of the lake Drift wood collected at the north end of the lake

View to the South View to the South

View from the end of Hidden Lake View from the end of Hidden Lake

After the ascent from Hidden Lake After the ascent from Hidden Lake

First view of Fossil Falls First view of Fossil Falls

View back from above Fossil Falls View back from above Fossil Falls

A small stream crossing A small stream crossing

Towards Northover from Aster Lake Towards Northover from Aster Lake

Name that Peak(s) 1 Name that Peak(s) 1

Name that Peak 2 Name that Peak 2

The cap is in sight The cap is in sight

A very cool peak along the cap ridge A very cool peak along the cap ridge

Peaks from the cap site 1 Peaks from the cap site 1

Peaks from the cap site 2 Peaks from the cap site 2

Peaks from the cap site 3 Peaks from the cap site 3

Peaks from the cap site 4 Peaks from the cap site 4

Peaks from the cap site 5 Peaks from the cap site 5

Peaks from the cap site 6 Peaks from the cap site 6

Peaks from the cap site 7 Peaks from the cap site 7

View of Aster Lake from the cap site View of Aster Lake from the cap site

Late afternoon look at Fossil Falls Late afternoon look at Fossil Falls

Evening view of Hidden Lake Evening view of Hidden Lake

The Cap Site and Cairn The Cap Site and Cairn

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