This is the ridge that towers over Highway 40 before the road starts its winding ascent to Wilkinson Summit. Or to put it another way, the ridge between Raspberry and Pasque in the series of ridges lining the west side of the highway.
Not surprisingly, Bob Spirko, Sonny and friends have also been up it, as I’ve just found out later when browsing his web site. Cairns on the lower and highest points testify to other ascensionismts.
Like Bob, we followed the obvious route: up Pasque snowmobile trail, a steep unremitting road to a junction, then the undulating Cummings Creek snowmobile trail that crosses the ridge’s west flank. Like Bob. we, too, were dismayed to find the old exploration road offering easy access to the south ridge had been overlaid by cutblocks, only the far end of it intact and ending in coal prospects on the steep east face. If only we’d come a couple of years earlier!
Unlike Bob and Co. who had a little snow on the ground in November, we were treated to a marvelous display of flowers, both in the cutblocks and on the south ridge, something to delight in despite the awful cold blustery weather. The final section along a rock ridge was made slippery by rain and sleet, the mountains to the west and roundabout all socked in. Luckily, before the weather closed in we had enjoyed a unique view looking straight up Highway 40 as it wound up Wilkinson Creek to Wilkinson Summit below Plateau Mountain.
Return the same way. Do NOT try shortcutting across to Pasque trail. If you do you’ll be in for a horrid surprise.
Start: Highway 40, Same as for Pasque Mountain. Distance 10. 6 km return, high point 2410 m (7907 ft.), height gain 570 m (1870 ft.)