On our way down from the high point of the ridge, we encountered a couple of ATV enthusiasts who had driven up using a longer but gentler approach via Willow Creek and Timber Creek. During a lengthy conversation with the two men, they casually mentioned that they sometimes called the ridge we were on "Cell Phone Ridge" since there was decent cellular network coverage there. Indeed, Bob had been successful in sending and receiving text messages from the high point, and I liked the contemporary nature of the name. After leaving behind the ATV enthusiasts, Bob and I retraced our footprints down the north ridge. We then climbed directly over the aforementioned intervening ridge before eventually regaining the snow-covered road leading back to the highway.
Cell Phone Ridge is not likely to attract a lot of visitors; there are loftier and more scenic hikes in the vicinity. However, the real attraction on this day was the wonderful winter scenery which was definitely something worth texting about.
Be sure to check out Bob's trip
Bob hikes straight up the middle of a
Bob dons his hood to keep snow off his
head as he bushwhacks up a forested slope.
Bob descends to the bottom of the
valley in order to access Cell Phone Ridge (centre).
Snow has interestingly balled up on
some low bushes.
Bob breaks out of the trees on Cell
Here are some more "snowballed"
Bob arrives at another clearing.
Bob hikes across a shallow draw.
Bob reaches the top of Cell Phone
Bob and Sonny stand on the 1694-metre
high point of Cell Phone Ridge.
Mount Hornecker and Windy Peak are
visible to the southwest.
Further west are Iron Lakes Ridge
(left) and Sentinel Peak.
Mount Burke stretches away to the
These ATVs have been modified for
travel on snow.
This is looking back at Cell Phone
Ridge from an unnamed ridge to the north.
An icicle hangs over Bob like the
Sword of Damocles.
A small clearing on the north side of
the unnamed ridge grants this unobstructed view of Indian Graves
Bob hikes out along the snow-covered
Distance: 8.7 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Net Elevation Gain: 242 metres