descent, we followed the flagged route all the way back down to the Lusk
Pass trail. For such a well-flagged route--some of the flagging
even seemed excessive--I was a bit surprised to see the flagging
disappear completely just before we reached the main trail. In
fact, the flagging and cairn marking the start of the route and depicted
in Spirko's photographs were nowhere to be found which explains why we
missed the turnoff earlier in the day. It is likely that someone
had removed them on purpose. In any case, we marched back to the
trailhead without further problems to conclude the short but satisfying
hike. Wil watches as Zosia leaves the
Lusk Pass trail and climbs uphill. So and Zosia follow flagging on the
trees higher up the ridge. Sonny, Andrea, Zosia, Wil and So gather around a giant
cairn near the summit of Hunchback Hills (2116 metres).
The group starts hiking Lusk Pass
trail from its eastern terminus.
Andrea appears worried about Sonny's
route-finding skills on the snowy slope.
Behind Wil, a break in
the forest reveals
Tiara Peak in the distance.
A windswept opening
precedes another stretch through the forest. The top of
Hunchback Hills can barely be seen above the trees in front of the
Wil hikes up the last few steps before
the true summit of Hunchback Hills.
The top of Hunchback Hills grants a
distinctly unfamiliar view of Barrier Lake.
To the northeast are a couple of
unnamed bumps along Hunchback Hills Horseshoe, a supposedly longer
and more challenging extension to this hike.
Snow cornices persist
along the east side of the summit.
The group follows
flagging almost all the way back down.
Distance: 7.6 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 4 hours 18 minutes
Net Elevation Gain: 463 metres
Wil watches as Zosia leaves the Lusk Pass trail and climbs uphill.
So and Zosia follow flagging on the trees higher up the ridge.
Sonny, Andrea, Zosia, Wil and So gather around a giant cairn near the summit of Hunchback Hills (2116 metres).