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

Tuesday, 27 August 2013Alberta, Canada

N 50° 57.932 W 115° 15.729

BCP622 - Mount Lougheed

Well Brendan and I got a sunrise start from the trailhead this morning to tackle one of the highest peaks in Kananaskis Country – Mount Lougheed. We quickly gathered our packs and hit the trail after snapping a few pictures of the surrounding mountains near the trailhead.

We ended up using Bob Spirko’s track log for Mount Lougheed to provide a sense of the correct trail. At the trailhead we found a well-used trail that took us to the alpine meadows under Mount Lougheed – certainly worthy of a visit regardless of aiming for the top. The track provided critical information when we hit terrain with abundant rock bands, slabs, and plenty of loose material in a somewhat exposed location along the trail.

Brendan led the way on the trail most of the day and as a result we made amazing time reaching the summit – about four hours. Once you arrive on the summit ridge there is a very airy ridge walk to the summit cairn and this very unique cap. We quickly found the cap in the summit cairn and took the necessary shots to confirm our find.

After firming up the cap find, we took many pictures from this outstanding viewpoint and I’ll post a few of these shortly. Overall our track log showed a round trip distance of just under fifteen km with over 1400 metres of elevation gain in 7.5 hours. Simply an outstanding location for a cap – thanks OFTH for selecting this great spot and to Brendan for his fine company on the trail!

Lougheed Trailhead Drain

Additional Images Additional Images

Lougheed Trailhead Drain Lougheed Trailhead Drain

Along the trail at sunrise Along the trail at sunrise

Sunrise on nearby peaks Sunrise on nearby peaks

Brendan surveying the route Brendan surveying the route

The route is straight ahead The route is straight ahead

On the scree run On the scree run

Summit in sight Summit in sight

Spray Lakes just below the clouds Spray Lakes just below the clouds

Mount Allan and others Mount Allan and others

Brendan and SH at the Lougheed Summit Brendan and SH at the Lougheed Summit

Looking down the ridge Looking down the ridge

SH checking out Canmore SH checking out Canmore

Back down in the valley Back down in the valley

Towards the end of the valley Towards the end of the valley

Great spot for a walk Great spot for a walk

Very cool rock Very cool rock

One last view from the trail One last view from the trail

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