North Kent Outlier
I thought that the little unnamed ridge west of North Kent would make a good winter ascent but I was surprised to find a trip report on the internet: Tony Daffern had ascended the outlier only two weeks earlier. Sonny, Dinah and I took advantage of his route.
The Sawmill parking lot was closed so we parked by the road and headed out. We took the first left turn by mistake, quickly corrected it, and got back on track. We were intimidated by the maze of logging roads, some of which were so overgrown as to blend in with the forest. But in a short time we hit upon snowshoe tracks likely laid down a fortnight ago by Tony. The tracks were only partially filled so breaking trail required little effort.
After passing the treeline we dropped our snowshoes in the shallow snow and hiked to the summit. We spent nearly half an hour taking photos and having lunch. There was no breeze but we moved down from the summit a short distance where it was warmer to eat and view the surrounding peaks under cobalt skies in relative comfort.
The outlier and North Kent above a snow-covered parking lot
The first logging roads were spacious
Views to the west open up as we ascended
As we climbed, the logging roads became more confined
We reached the treeline
We removed our snowshoes and set off on foot
This big horn sheep kept ahead of us
Same as above except Sonny comes into view
Looking north down the valley
We found a trail higher up
The grade eased as we neared the summit
Arriving at the summit
Sonny and Dinah are close behind me
82 J/14 Spray Lakes Reservoir