North End of Plateau Mountain
Kananaskis
November 18, 2006

There seems to be no quick or easy way to get to the north end of Plateau Mountain. Rather than follow Salter Creek, we decided to reach it by following the ridge to the southwest.

At the start we learned that the road leading to the campground/trailhead was gated so we had to walk up the road for nearly a kilometre. We hiked up Salter Creek a short way before ascending the ridge.

Other than a couple of tiny breaks in the trees, we bushwhacked for two hours without views. Once we reached the open slopes of the north end, we finally got to look around. To the west we could see the snow-covered High Rock Range while Plateau Mountain unfolded to the south.

We explored the top for a ways. We dropped down at one point to look for a cave (not the ice cave) but it proved to be a difficult task without knowing where exactly it was and we were short on daylight. Returning on a slightly different route, however, we were able to spot it. Next time we'll know how to get to it!


Making our way up Salter Creek to the end of the ridge ahead


Ruffed grouse


Mount Burke. Mouse over for a close-up.


Reaching the north end


Snow drifts on the east slopes


Continuing along the plateau


Baril Peak, Raspberry Ridge (foreground) and Mount Armstrong


Looking back at the north end


View of the plains


We hiked to the end of the ridge ahead.


End of the ridge with Sentinel Peak in the background


Another view of Sentinel Peak


Looking for the cave


The cave. Mouse over for a close-up.


Heading back


Coming back through a fractured slope


More fractured slope


Mount Burke


Looking back at Plateau Mountain


A squirrel's cornucopia of pine cones


360° view from the top. Mount Burke on the right.


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