N 50° 26.423 W 114° 38.983
BCP239 Mount Head
Wow, can only describe the scenery, terrain, and bushwacking involved in reaching this very cool summit - Mount Head.
We hit the trail at 5:30 a.m. and had gained 1300 - 1400 feet in elevation by the time we reached Grass Pass. Our access point to Mount Head was via Wildeman Creek which results in a loss of 500 - 600 feet of elevation which needs to again be regained on the trip to the summit.
RedRouge had track logs from the trip of Red90 and Reastick last June to help guide our travels through the Wildeman Creek bushwack and up one of the drainage approaches to the summit. Needless to say the track logs really helped out as several rock bands can often be ascended, but not safely descended on the opposite side.
Well after 6.5 hours and an elevation gain far exceeding 5000 feet we reached the summit of Mount Head at 12 noon. We were treated to outstanding views despite the smoke from forest fires in BC. We had lunch, snapped a few pictures - cap included, signed in on the summit log and made a few few repairs before heading back to the car.
The trip back to the car was perhaps the most challenging phase of the scramble, as we decided to take a different drainage down to Wildeman Creek. The scenery was again outstanding - several water falls and views of the surrounding peaks. However, using this drainage to access Wildeman Creek left us 2 - 3 kilometres from the main trail leading back to Grass Pass and involved a bushwack of significant proportions. Two and a half hours after leaving the drainage which connected us to Wildeman Creek from Mount Head we arrived back at the trailhead on the south side of Wildeman Creek.
By the time we reached the main trail back to Grass Pass, we were not looking forward to gaining the elevation back to reach Grass Pass, as by this point my trip log was showing a distance of over 12 kilometres. The trip along the main trail was fine, with the exception of sore feet, legs and the constant buzzing of numerous insects.
RedRouge and I ended up getting back to the car at about 6:15 p.m. following a track log round trip distance of 21.55 km from our parking in the Sentinal Provincial Recreation area lot.
The trip was a real adventure and challenge, but this is what geocaching is all about - an opportunity to go places that are simply remarkable. My thanks to RedRouge for coming along and doing a terrific job of keeping us on course.
This trip is really special, but don't go if you're not prepared. I'll upload a few pictures of the amazing scenery - enjoy!
[This entry was edited by Sleepy_hollow on Monday, July 16, 2007 at 3:26:34 PM.]