Two Mine Trail
The avalanche risk in the Rockies was so high the advisory read: “Better to dust off the bike and go for a ride.” We didn’t get on our bikes but we did dust off our hiking boots to take on the Two Mile Trail.
The trail reaches a high point on the south end of Livingstone Range. We didn’t do the suggested one-way trip since it involves taking two vehicles. Instead, we started at the cemetery and followed the ridge up.
There was much more snow than we expected and although most of it was firm we did a fair amount of post-holing. We saw little evidence of any old mining activity (Leitch Collieries would have been a better starting point for that).
Because we were often in the trees, the views were limited but Turtle Mountain presents its best side to the ridge.
After reaching the summit we had little interest in retracing our steps back along the ridge. After hiking back a short way from the summit, we dropped down the west side and made our way to our car.
Although not an exciting trip, it was certainly more challenging and interesting than we expected. But I don’t recommend this trip when there is so much snow!
The graveyard start is actually suggested in the guide book.
We head to the ridge.
Hiking on the ridge
As we climb, snow patches appear.
We pass a mine subsidence hole (mouse over to see down it).
More snow but it's quite firm
The first false summit appears.
A closer look at the false summit
The grade up is rather gentle.
Dinah follows me up.
We pass near a precipitous drop.
We hit more snow (mouse over to look back)
And more snow!
From the first false summit we see the final section of the ridge and the true summit on the left.
Second false summit
Starting up the second false summit
Reaching the second false summit (mouse over to look back)
From the second false summit we see the true summit.
The ridge narrows
Robertson and Talon Peaks
On the summit
Looking north to Livingstone Ridge
Starting down from the ridge (mouse over to look back up the ridge)
On our way back we come across antlers.
We also see wild turkeys.
And curious deer
View from the top
Blairmore 82 G/9
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