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Cinquefoil Mountain
Jasper National Park, Alberta
June 25, 2005

When Dinah and I stepped onto Merlin Pass Trail my only thought was to get our climb up Cinquefoil Mountain over with. It was raining and clouds obscured the mountains. Fortunately, the route unfolded just like in the book. When we came to the clearing we could see the notch that we needed to get to. Better yet, a side trail took us in the right direction. The trail disappeared into a meadow only to reappear when we reached the base of the notch. After ascending it, we plunged into a low cloud.

On a nice day, this would have been a pleasant climb, but this morning we could see little beyond our feet. The rain turned to drizzle and followed us all the way to the summit. There was no point in lounging at the top as Alan Kane suggests: we were cold and wet. Because of the rain, I could only point my camera west. After taking a partial panorama, we started back down.

Soon after starting our descent, however, the rain ceased and the inclement weather began to ease. We did the last half of the descent in sunshine, but the surrounding mountain peaks remained shrouded in low clouds.

KML Track

Dense undergrowth crowded the trail and we quickly became soaked. The notch is on the left.

Coming up to the base of the notch

Starting up

Climbing up the notch

On the ridge but there is little to see

Visibility worsens

The mist cleared for a moment before snapping shut

The mist rolls in as we headed for the summit

A chilly pause for a summit shot. The blue thermos is the register.

Looking back at the summit on our descent, when the clouds begin to lift

Jasper and Talbot Lakes on the descent as the clouds began to lift

This golden-mantled ground squirrel kept an eye on us

On our descent the sun comes out

We were tempted to turn around when the sun came out but the peak was still in cloud

83 E/1 Snaring River & 84 F/4 Miette

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