Other than a couple of annoying gates along
the way, the access road is quite straightforward to ascend, and Zosia
and I had no problems skinning all the way up to the lookout. As
promised, the weather was fantastic, and we took an extended break at the
top to enjoy the far-reaching views and warm sunshine. The only
disappointing aspect of the day was our descent. Warm temperatures
made for some wet and sticky snow, and while the skiing was not
technically difficult, maintaining our balance required extra effort and
felt more exhausting than it should have. In any case, we both
still made it down without any spills, and after packing up our gear, we
managed to drive back out to the main highway without any issues. The lookout building is unmanned on this day. Notable peaks to the southwest include
(far left edge),
Black Rock Mountain (left), Mount Costigan (left of centre) and
(right of centre).
Zosia begins skiing up the access road
to Mockingbird Hill Lookout.
The ski up the access road is straightforward.
Unlike Sonny's first trip here in 2004, there is now a convenient opening
in the fence guarding the top of the lookout.
Zosia and Sonny give thumbs up on the helipad near the top of Mockingbird
Hill Lookout (1905 metres).
Zosia begins skiing down the access road.
The slow ski through wet and sticky snow allows Zosia to showboat a
Zosia awkwardly squeezes through one of the gates along the access road.
Distance: 6.3 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 3 hours 3 minutes
Net Elevation Gain: 378 metres
The lookout building is unmanned on this day.
Notable peaks to the southwest include Orient Point (far left edge), Black Rock Mountain (left), Mount Costigan (left of centre) and Devils Head (right of centre).