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A Marathon One-Day Ascent of Flints Peak (and Back)
Timestamp Free: 2020.09.25 - 04:32:52
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Vermilion Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Rick Collier
Difficulty: 2: Long day, but mostly cycling, hiking, and moderate scrambling
Flints Peak in a day -- an enjoyable mountain marathon
This was my mountain marathon for 1991: I cycled N up the Cascade Fire Road to Stoney Creek ca. 14 km -- 1.5 hrs), where I ditched the bike and ran the next 9 km to the split in the trail between Cuthead Creek and Flints Park (1.5 hrs.); continued to run the trails W through Flints Park for another 8 km (1.0 hrs) to the junction with North Cascade and Sawback Creek; and then hiked 2.2 kilometres up the North Cascade River valley to a point just W of the objective -- GR 843/978 (0.5 hrs).

I ascended directly to the summit tower (See Flints Peak in Far Distance) up the obvious drainage that trends NE -- solid scree, waterfall steps, and ledges. 75 meters of moderate crack scrambling brought me to the summit; total elevation from the valley = 3350' (3 hrs). Although no cairn was obvious on the summit, a warden at Lake Louise told me that Walter Perren used to guide clients into the area and climb this peak back when there was still automobile access to Flints Park.

I descended to the SE, down a classic U-shaped valley with a tiny remnant lake -- very pretty -- which spit me out 3 km NE on the Flints Park trail, thus saving both time and distance (2 hrs); then back to Flints Park, the Cascade River Trail, my bicycle, and out to the road (4.5 hrs). Total distance travelled: 70 kilometres over about 14...

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