Prairie Mountain


elevation: 2,210 m. height gain: 716 m.
area: Bragg Creek,AB map 82 J/15
2009-Jan-18


Ref: Moose Mountain and Prairie Mountain Summits
hup, sit still


Good doggies.
Hike: RT 5.0; 2.0 up. Another fantastic weekend with the hounds. The Calgary forecast of 16 Celsius and blue bird sky was certainly appealing to us. Bob Spirko just posted a trip report on this hike; we figured we didn't need snowshoes. The snow on the trail was compacted and offered good hiking conditions. We left the car at 10 AM, the dogs were on leash and pulled madly. After the initial steep bit, we let them roam a little but soon leashed them up again; this place is very busy and our hounds are very excited! The walk on the summit ridge was so enjoyable, the wind was warm on our bare arms and face. We took pictures at the cairn and continued along the ridge. We set up a doggy bed and lingered there for two hours. It felt like spring, even summer. Returning should have been easy but the hounds still had a lot of energy and pulled all the way down; quite treacherous... We made it down with no broken bones and drove off to McLean campground for some good rest and recovery!
along the way

Quickly shedding layers.

nice trail


Looking back.


familiar mountains in the background


It's very nice up here.


summit ridge


I truly loved this short bit to the top.


no more snow


Sleeves pushed up, hair pulled up; it's warm!


just loving this


Fab and the two males; Lincoln and Rupert.


nice view


Westerly view, Banded Peak at the right.


at the top


At the top with Moose Mountain in the background.


another summit picture


Lincoln likes this perch.


flat land


Looking towards Calgary.


break time


Fab telling happy tales.


on the way down


Beautiful snow sculpture courtesy of another group of hikers.


feels like spring


Hiking down with Lincoln tied to my hip belt.


at the campground


Another fine trip.
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