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North End of Plateau Mountain
Kananaskis, Alberta
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 northwest ridge. (We didn't attempt the North or South Summits which are better reached from Hwy. 940 when it's open for the season.)

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 difficult 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!

KML and GPX Tracks

We made our way up Salter Creek to 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 huge 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 landscape

More fractured rocks

Mount Burke again

Looking back at Plateau Mountain

A squirrel's cornucopia of pine cones

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