View from Newman Peak
Avion Ridge and Newman Peak
After seeing Newman Peak from Spionkop Ridge a month ago we wanted to climb it. Newman Peak, as well as Avion Ridge, is easily reached from a col above Goat Lake. To save time and effort, we biked nearly five kilometres up Snowshoe Trail to the side trail leading to the lake. The trail leading to the lake was more interesting than I expected. After winding through the forest, it cuts high along an open slope then runs alongside a creek with waterfalls before reentering the woods and reaching the lake.
After the lake, the trail crosses a forested basin, climbs through two headwalls and ends at the col below Newman Peak. Leaving Newman Peak for later, we turned our backs to it and easily scrambled up the red shale ridge to a shoulder. (Later, on the return, we realized we could've avoided this climb by taking a trail that drops down the right side of the col.) Rather than continue ascending the unnamed ridge that leads to Avion Ridge, we opted to traverse a faint trail on the slope until it reached the main trail we had missed. This path leads to the summit of Avion Ridge.
Four hours after starting out, we were taking in the views from the summit. Afterwards, we hiked back to the col and climbed almost 200 m to the top of Newman Peak. The views didn't disappoint and we enjoyed the sight of the colorful peaks in Castle Wilderness. The traverse to Spionkop from Newman looked much more benign than the traverse that we had done from Loaf Mountain.
We considered going on to the higher unnamed peak west but the wind had picked up and clouds were moving in. We retraced our steps back to our bikes and began cycling down Snowshoe Trail. We were less than a kilometre from the trailhead when we noticed a black bear with two cubs less than thirty metres from the trail. We talked loudly so they were aware of our presence and walked our bikes past them but they seemed too intent on eating berries to notice us. We returned to the parking lot without further interruptions.
On the trail to Goat Lake
The trail wends left eventually meeting the waterfalls on the left
One of several small waterfalls
A recent windstorm snapped off trees.
At the first headwall, the trail goes right.
Still an abundance of wild flowers late in the season
Ascending a weakness in the headwall
Looking back at the lake as we approach the second headwall
After this point, the trail swings right and then left.
The trail cuts into red shale as it leads to the col.
From the col we'll scramble up the ridge in from of us.
We climb the ridge towards Avion Ridge with Newman Peak behind us. The trail left leads
to Avion without gaining elevation.
Behind is an unnamed peak west of and higher than Newman Peak.
View from the shoulder: we kept right and traversed along a faint trail in the scree. Avion Ridge
on the right.
It's an easy walk to the summit of Avion
Mountain goats below Avion Ridge
Looking back at the slope we traversed (note the trail). Spionkop Ridge on the left.
Approaching the summit. Newman peak is on the left, mostly hidden.
A trail leads to the top
Panorama from the top of Avion Ridge
In the foreground (left and centre): Anderson Peak and Lost Peak
Heading back from the summit, Mount Glendowan (centre)
We take the main trail back to the col.
Newman Peak from the col
Spionkop Ridge and Loaf Mountain from the summit
East End of Loaf Mountain (right)
Heading down from Newman. Avion Ridge is second from the left.
As we drove back down Red Rock Parkway we saw several black bears, this one in a tree.
Sunset on the drive back to Calgary
82 G/1 Sage Creek
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