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

Monday, August 19, 2013Alberta, Canada

N 53° 27.256 W 118° 21.281

BCP377 - Rock Lake

I've been aiming to check out these more distant caps (in more ways than one) for quite some time, but weather and work kept getting in the way. So after driving up from Calgary this morning I made the run down the Rock Lake Road.

The Rock Lake Road was in surprisingly good shape and the 35 km to the staging area parking went by quickly. On arrival there was no doubt that a number of outfitters use this parking area to bring in supplies for their camp several kilometres to the west down the Mountain Road.

Originally the plan was to ride the bike as close as possible and then head uphill at my first opportunity. Well this didn't happen due to the significant quantity of mud, water, and plenty of equestrian traffic along the trail.

So after gearing up I decided to take on the cap by foot and enjoy the Rock Lake PP / Wilmore Wilderness Area trails. I simply followed the Mountain Road for a few kilometres and then headed west along an equestrian trail (plenty of mud and standing water), before heading up hill at a logical point. The initial going was pretty good with the super soft moss covering the forest floor. In no time it started to rain for the first time and the hill got significantly steeper. Thankfully we reached the ridge a short time later and enjoyed a rather pleasant walk through the forest (kind of like a number of Kananaskis Ridges).

I followed the ridge through a few sections of blow down and worked my way around to the first view point of the day with Rock Lake being the focal point. After capturing a few pictures, I decided to get going as the rain had stopped for a few minutes. The game trails along the ridge were pretty good and I quickly found myself at the cap site. What a cool spot with the boundary of the Wilmore Wilderness Park and Jasper National Park, along with an intact abandoned fire lookout, and the amazing scenery to the east, south and west.

Overall our track log indicated a 12.6 km hike with about 800 metres of elevation. Thanks OFTH for setting up these more remote cap locations and I'll be sure to post a few pictures of this special spot!

Rock Lake TH

Additional Images Additional Images

Rock Lake TH Rock Lake TH

Lots of equestrian users & outfitters Lots of equestrian users & outfitters

The trail was muddy The trail was muddy

Turn left at the Junction Turn left at the Junction

Uphill through the thick forest Uphill through the thick forest

The brush is starting to thin out The brush is starting to thin out

The cap is on the high ridge The cap is on the high ridge

The first view of Rock Lake The first view of Rock Lake

A trail along the ridge A trail along the ridge

A rainbow over Rock Lake A rainbow over Rock Lake

SH at the cap site SH at the cap site

The cap site The cap site

The Abandoned LO above The Abandoned LO above

Nasty weather to the west Nasty weather to the west

One last look at the Rock Lake Valley One last look at the Rock Lake Valley

Looking back down the ridge Looking back down the ridge

The LO from another perspective The LO from another perspective

The trail to Willow Creek in JNP The trail to Willow Creek in JNP

Rock Lake Cap Elevation Profile Rock Lake Cap Elevation Profile

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