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Sentinel Peak
Kananaskis, Alberta
May 31, 2008

Distance: 18.3 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 700 m

Although a minor ascent, Sentinel Peak offered surprisingly pleasant views, and it was made more eye-catching because of the snow.

Several days of precipitation left the mountains under snow so Dinah and I decided to ascend Sentinel Peak. We biked five km up the gravel road before turning onto the Hailstone Butte fire road. Since this road was rough and muddy, at least at the start, we opted to leave our bikes and hike to the turn-off.

An intermittent trail led to a broad, grassy valley. I expected the valley to be marshy, but despite the snow patches, it was relatively dry. We made our way up the col and then took the ridge to the summit.

KML and GPX Tracks

Sentinel Peak seen from Hwy. 22

Biking up the road

We ditched our bikes at the main road and we followed this fire road for 700 m before leaving it

Recent bear tracks on the road

Plateau Mountain in the background

Sentinel Peak ahead

We headed to the col below the ridge

Starting up to the col

False summit ahead

Looking back

Twin Peaks and Isola Peak

Reaching the false summit. True summit (far right) is still far off

Saddle Mountain, Mount Livingstone and Hailstone Butte on the skyline

Close-up of Hailstone Butte and the lookout

Much of the ridge was friable rock so we kept away from the edge

Looking back along the ridge

The summit

Standing on the summit

Mount Armstrong dominates the view northwest

Mount Burke

After the trip, we drove down HWY 532 and came to this road block. After we stopped, I expected the bighorn sheep to leave the road, but they came right up and began to surround and inspect our car. Then a car came up behind them and frightened them off.

82 J/1 Langford Creek, 82 J/8 Stimson Creek

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