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Limestone Lakes (and attempt on Frugal Peak)
Timestamp Free: 2017.08.17 - 12:16:04
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
  (3 days)
Participants:
Dan Richardson, Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty:
3: Tricky route finding over limestone, considerable elevation gain and loss. Frugal peak is mostly class 2-3, but the final 50m would involve some rock climbing over loose boulders.
Hiked in the long Joffre Creek Trail, then over peaks to the Limestone lakes area. Then attempted Frugal peak, but made it within 40m of the top.
This trip was the second of three trips we did on our exploration of the East Kootenays. The first trip was into the Dogtooth Range near Golden. For the second trip one objective was to meet up with Bivouac member Dan Richardson, and do a trip with him. He has posted a lot of road information in the past few years. Our arranged meeting place was a house near Brisco, owned by Dan's parents. We arrived at the house considerably before Dan, who was driving up from his home in Nelson to meet us.

Height of the Rockies Provincial park is located on the BC side of the continental divide. It is a relatively obscure BC Park. However, there is an official parks trail up Joffre Creek to Sylvan Pass and from there, you can go overland to reach the Limestone Lakes. Because of the length of the trail, I'd say the minimum trip would be a 3 day trip.

Next morning all three of us set out in my car for Limestone Lakes. Unlike the previous day, the weather was cloudy and occasionally spitting, but supposedly the weather forecast was good, although with high winds. We drove south to Radium, then headed up Highway 93 into the mountains. The route involved a whole succession of logging roads, and of course we had to stop and photograph every junction, especially road signs. (Both Dan and I have been doing extensive work on the roads in this area, so of course we were anxious to see what the actual signs on the ground called them).

Eventually we were getting close. About 3 km from the end we made a special effort to check on the famed "Fynn Creek Trail". This climber's trail gives access to the Royal Group including Mount King George, an eleven thousander. Very close to the start of the trail, it must cross the Palliser river. I knew there had been some discussion of this...

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