McConnell Point GR:321581

elevation: 1,774 m. height gain: 450 m.
area: Kananaskis,AB map 82 O/3

The Kananaskis Country Trail Guide describes a loop using Quaite Valley Trail and Razor's Edge Trail. We were inspired to use a direct route on the west side of the objective, see Hiking with Barry and Marko's trip report on Trail Peak.
at the gate

The gate at the beginning of Quaite Valley Trail.
Scramble: RT 5.5; 2.5 up. It was very cold and overcast in Golden, the sunny weather of the Bow Valley lured us in. We planned a short trip in order to return to our hounds early and resume New Year's festivities! The drive through Kicking Horse Canyon and West Louise was nasty as it usually is in the winter. We located the Quaite Valley service road and parked: the temperature, -22 Celsius with a frigid wind. We knew to look for a faint trail between the gate and the first junction (about 100 meters); because of snow coverage, we didn't see it. When we sighted the trail sign for Heart Creek Trail, we beelined in the trees to gain the broad treed ramp east of us. We followed the ramp and encountered bits of trail and ribbon on numerous occasions. Once at the obvious drainage, we carried on with climbing sparsely treed terrain. The snow concealed slabs making this section interesting. Soon thereafter, we crested on the ridge and continued to the highpoint with the little shed. The sun was out; we walked around taking pictures and settled for a break next to the shed. Sheltered from the wind, we felt the warmth of the sun; I proceeded to burn mementoes for my dad's birthday. Returning was fast and uneventful. We didn't have to drive in the dark and we got home before kibble time!
treed terrain

Ascending treed terrain.

ribbon here and there

Ribbon here and there.

faint trail

On the faint trail.

obvious drainage

At the obvious drainage, we climbed towards some slabs on the left.

avoiding slabs

Making our way avoiding the slabs.

almost there

The highpoint is just ahead.

looking back

Looking back.

little shed

The little shed.

old goat mountain

Loder Peak (left) and Old Goat Mountain.

looking back again

Looking back again.

at the highpoint

At the highpoint.

connecting ridge to yates

The connecting ridge to the Barrier Fire Lookout
(Yates Mountain).

nice pause

A nice pause at the shed.

leaving the top

Leaving the top.

back at the slabs

Back at the slabs.


Beautiful, even with Lafarge's smoke stacks.
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