Lone Peak

elevation: 1,807 m. height gain: 965 m.
area: Fort Steele,BC map 82 G/12

Just north of Fort Steele, from highway 93/95, proceed east onto Wardner-Fort Steele road. Follow this road for 2.2 km to Mause Creek FSR, turn left. Drive for another 2 km to Boulder Creek FSR (Mause Creek FSR goes right), 018975. Continue straight and drive for another 1.4 km to a junction, 022983. Keep going straight (north-east), past an intersection, to the base of Lone's south-west treed slopes, 025987. The lower slopes present bluffy sections and require some route finding. The best views are along the way, the summit is densely treed.
south-west slopes

Lone Peak.
Scramble: RT 5.5; 3.5 up. Once again we drive south, leaving home in the dark and the worse driving conditions. I kid you not when I say "75% chance of Star Wars condition" it's because it has happened numerous times! This hypnotic snow squall eventually tapered and cleared by dawn. Scattered clouds and sunny periods were a welcome sight. We planned a good trip for our dogs; a nice loooong walk topped with some camping amongst ponderosa pine, deer and coyotes! We had to park further down than expected but the walk on the road was quick. Soon we started climbing the slope which was covered with very little snow. Fab led us through some bluffy sections; the hounds followed the flow nicely. Higher up the snow depth increased. The up-track remained quite slippery as the snow became saturated, snowballing from under our feet. We stopped a couple of times to check the dogs and our progress. The last 150 m. of height gain to the top were tough; not the right conditions for snowshoes and surprisingly steepish. The hounds kept going up, leaping. After 40 minutes from the last break, we all stood on the treed summit by a blazed tree with flagging tape. The rimed trees added atmosphere to this otherwise viewless summit. We're very proud of our dogs; this is Rupert and Daisy's first summit, what a great way to bring in 2009!
lone peak ahead

Boulder Creek road veers left, we continue ahead.

lower slopes

Very little snow is easier.

typical terrain

Small bluffs and open slopes.

along the way

Looking towards Fort Steele.

slippery snow

Rupert is always near.

near the top

More snow and rimed trees for the very last bit.

wind gust

And the odd wind gust.

at the top

A blazed tree indicates the top.


Heading back down in the sun.

break time

Well deserved break, pulling apart Daisy's snowballs.

good dogs

We're very proud, they all did well.

at our camp

The sun is down as we settle at the camp.


Another fine outing.
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