Ever since I first biked the Big Elbow loop in the front ranges of Kananaskis Country along the Sheep and Elbow Rivers I was interested in scrambling Threepoint Mountain and Mount Rose. I'm not sure why, but these two peaks kept coming up in conversations. While scrambling Cougar Mountain in 2010, I remember looking over at the two mountains and wondering if they could be done together. On May 31 2015 I scrambled Bluerock Mountain and found myself gazing once again at Rose and Threepoint (Day Trip up the South Ridge of Bluerock Mountain). When Phil Richards sent me an email asking if I'd be interested in giving Threepoint and Rose a go, I couldn't resist. Our first plan fell through due to my laziness at getting up early, but with the weather looking like it might allow us to sneak in a trip on Saturday, June 13, we made plans to leave the trailhead at 05:30.
After dodging at least 4 or 5 deer on the way to the trailhead, I finally met Phil and we hopped on our mountain bikes for the approach ride up the Big Elbow Trail. Phil had recently ridden the road for about 6km with his wife, so we knew it was in decent shape to that point. I haven't biked much this year but the old muscles came back and soon I was huffing and puffing my way uphill - my heart felt like it was going to jump out of my chest after the first big uphill! Thank goodness it didn't. We got some nice morning views of Threepoint along the trail before coming to a very washed out section. We navigated this section but soon came to a point where the old road is completely gone - washed out by the 2013 floods. At this point we could have biked another 2km or so before cutting left to Threepoint, but with the washouts and navigation headaches ahead,... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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