Castle Mountain Lookout
After a winter that came late and just wouldn't
go away, Dan Millar, Kelly Wood and I managed to get in our first hike
of the season on 16 June 2002. The Castle Mountain Lookout trail
in Banff National Park was snow-free and ideal as an early conditioning
trip. About three years ago with weather that was unsettled but not
altogether that bad, we hiked this trail in complete solitude. This
time, with sunny conditions, the trail was disappointingly crowded.
Still, the views were pleasant enough (we didn't have any views from the
lookout the first time because of low clouds), and it was just good to
be back in the mountains again.
Kelly nears the lookout site.
The most obvious peak at right is Copper Mountain.
Behind Dan are the towering cliffs
of Castle Mountain.
Sonny looks for an escape from the
I would return for a third visit to Castle Mountain Lookout in