When weather is poor or time is short, Dinah and I climb Prairie Mountain for the exercise. Even in the winter the trail is popular. On this day, the snow-covered trail was well-trodden, but off-trail, the snow was about 15" deep although the open ridge was largely free of snow. Our round-trip time was 2:30, 15 minutes slower than usual because of the snow.
Starting up from the trailhead
We soon reach a break in the trees
The ascent is mostly treed
Îyarhe Îpan in the background
The grade steepens just before we break out of the trees.
Reaching the open ridge
Following the ridge to the summit
Looking east toward Calgary (mouse over for a close-up)
Looking back along the ridge. Forgetmenot Ridge and Powderface Ridge in the background.
82 J/15 Bragg Creek
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