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Bike and hike to the Headwaters of the Cardinal River
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.28 - 03:24:25
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Nikanassin Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 700m
Participants: Dieter Kepper, solo
Difficulty: 2: There is no real difficulty
This is a report of a trip into a beautiful valley along the eastern boundary of Jasper National Park
Let me start with the fact that this trail is also a quad trail, but in my years of coming to this place I have only seen quads a couple of times, you hear them, they pass you and then are gone. To me it is of little bother, but may be disruptive to others. My goal for this day was to bike the 12 kms one way on a wonderful trail to the end of the trail, and then hike another 5.0 kms, one way, to the col between an unnamed peak and Climax Mountain (2823 meters) or possibly to a ridge connecting the same unnamed mountain and Prospect Mountain and summit one of them, or both. Here's a view of my final destination. The unnamed peak is in the left, middle with the ridge to Prospect on the right and the col to Climax to the left of the peak. [photo]viewpoint.jpg[caption]Unnamed Peak(Climax 1)[/photo]

I started out early and this time of year it's quite cool. Within the first two kms I wiped out on my bike, not a very good start. But I kept going even though I thought I hurt my shoulder. it was difficult to hold onto my grips. [photo]injury.jpg[caption]that hurt pretty good[/photo]

This is a very fun bike trip as its a gradual uphill most of the way and a fantastic ride out. There aren't too many technical sections but lots of creeks to ride through and some mud as well. At km 4.5 you come to Crystal falls. This is a nice place for a little break and exploring. [photo]crystal.jpg[caption]Crystal Falls aren't seen in this shot, but its a pretty area[/photo]

Eventually you cross the Cardinal River and the trees get fewer as you gain altitude. You ride through some flats and at about km 8 you enter the sub alpine. The valley is very wide here with a big 7.0 km long wall to the west which contain Blackface Mountain and Climax Mountain and also forms part of the...

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