The morning sky is on fire above Highwood River.
|The group fords Highwood River and will soon climb up North Limestone Ridge at left.|
|Some easy scrambling is required on the ridge.|
|The group approaches the final rise before the top of North Limestone Ridge.|
|Zosia scrambles up a short step just below the top of North Limestone Ridge.|
|Sonny takes the last few steps before
the top of North Limestone Ridge.
Hills are visible in the distance at right.
Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak
|Zosia secures her camera just below the top of North Limestone Ridge (1981 metres). The highest summits of Zephyr Creek Hills--Top 2 and Top 1 as described by Gillean Daffern--are visible in the distance.|
|Zosia drops down the steep east side of North Limestone Ridge and will head for the skyline ridge--known as Miller Creek Ridge according to Vern Dewit.|
|The group grinds its way up Miller Creek Ridge.|
|Here is the remainder of the route to Top 2 (left) and Top 1.|
|Zosia is battered by the wind as she approaches Top 1 along an open section of Miller Creek Ridge.|
|After going over Top 1, the group heads to Top 2.|
Zosia braces against the wind as she takes the last steps before reaching Top 2. Top 1 is visible at left.
|Andrea, Peter, Zosia and Sonny huddle around the cairn on Top 2, the highest point (2202 metres) of Zephyr Creek Hills.|
|Here is a clearer view of the cairn on Top 2. Note the partial rainbow at right.|
|Zosia follows Peter back over Top 1. North Limestone Ridge is visible behind Zosia. Mount Mann is visible behind North Limestone Ridge. Visible on the horizon are Junction Hill (far left), Holy Cross Mountain (fourth bump from far right), and Mount Head (right of Holy Cross Mountain).|
|The group's descent route will be along Miller Creek Ridge at right.|
|The group approaches Top 4 as described by Daffern. A good horse trail cuts to the left just short of the summit.|
|The group drops down an open grassy slope. North Limestone Ridge is visible in the distance at centre.|
|The horse trail allows for easy hiking out the valley.|
Mount Mann dominates the background as the group heads back to their crossing point along Highwood River.
|Zosia makes another chilly crossing of Highwood River.|
Distance: 17.9 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 8 hours 54 minutes
Cumulative Elevation Gain: ~1200 metres