During our 40-minute lunch break at the top, we spotted another road near the bottom of the west face that looked like it would lead quickly back to the highway. Disinclined to retrace our steps for the return trip, we continued north along the ridge for a short distance before plunging back into the trees down the west face. As we had hoped, the bushwhacking was again light, and the steep terrain afforded us a quick descent which at times almost felt too quick. We subsequently dropped into a drainage and followed a flowing creek downhill. The angle of the terrain here was more level, but we also encountered a lot more deadfall. This was definitely the worst bushwhacking of the day, and it was with great relief that we finally emerged from the bushes and reached the aforementioned road. We easily hiked this road back out to the highway, but we ended up about 3.5 kilometres north of our starting point.
After all the bushwhacking we did on this day, I did not mind a long walk on asphalt. Bob failed to thumb a ride from a couple of passing vehicles, but he quickly outpaced me and eventually reached his car well ahead of me. He promptly drove to pick me up and thus saved me from having to walk the last 400 metres or so. I was only mildly disappointed that I did not complete the full loop on Loop Ridge.
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Bob walks along the train tracks while consulting his GPS.
Bob searches for the access road to Loop Ridge which can be seen in the
Bob ascends the proper access road.
After regaining another logging road,
Bob hikes past a lingering snow patch.
Bob comes across an Alberta-British
Columbia boundary marker.
After thrashing through forest for much of the day, Bob finally reaches
the open slopes below the high point of Loop Ridge.
Bob finds another boundary marker on
the high point of Loop Ridge.
Sonny and Bob stand next to the
boundary marker on the 2034-metre high point of Loop Ridge.
Here is a closer look at the boundary marker.
Phillipps Peak and Mount Tecumseh look like one and the same mountain to
Also to the northeast is Crowsnest
Ridge along with Island Lake (bottom) and Crowsnest Lake (far right).
Sentry Mountain lies to the east.
Mount Ptolemy dominates the view to
Mount Darrah (left) and Tent Mountain are visible to the south.
Bob bushwhacks down the west face of
Lower down, the bushwhacking is quite
heinous in places such as this one.
Bob regains yet another logging road on descent.
This is looking back up the west face
of Loop Ridge. Bob and Sonny descended the slope slightly right
of centre in the photo.
Bob takes the long walk back to his
car along the highway.
Distance: ~15.1 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 6 hours 42 minutes
Net Elevation Gain: 718 metres