N 53° 19.613 W 117° 32.553
BCP291 - Bighorn Trail
I was looking to do a less frequently visited cap with a nice ridgewalk and this one appeared to fit the bill. I received a little local advice and discovered the best approach for parking and the spot to leave the Bighorn Trail for the cap site.
So needless to say I got an early start this morning and parked at the south end of the Bighorn Trail near the Gregg River. By starting at the south end of the trail I was able to pick up all of the well positioned caches along the ridge, including a couple of bonus caches, and a brass cap. The ridge is a nice quiet spot with plenty of views and opportunities to view the fine re-forestation work done in this area.
The Bighorn Trail is simply the best signed trail I have seen anywhere in Alberta with signs every kilometre to indicate the distance travelled in either direction, regular trail markers, and specific signage to point you in the correct direction where trails intersect.
The views of the Rockies to the west and valley south along Highway 40 towards Cadomin are excellent.
Travel to the cap site involves off trail travel to the top of an isolated ridge. The cap as described in the hint sits in a stove pipe type situation in a location that had earlier development - interesting spot historically and from the views of the local area.
Overall the Bighorn Trail hike covered 23.7 km and took 6.5 hours - what a great way to spend the day. I would like to thank pdops for his advice and assistance in completing this fine hike. The Bighorn Trail is a spot that simply deserves more visitors, so be sure to check it out. Thanks OFTH for a fine elevated cap in an extremely interesting location!