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A Solo Trip of Mount Bishop, Horned Mountain and Bishop Ridge
Timestamp Free: 2021.01.15 - 10:30:40
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Elk Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1850m
Participants: Vern Dewit
Difficulty: 3: A long day with route finding up the south and southeast flanks of Mount Bishop.
A lengthy day trip into some wild terrain along the Elk Range west of Hwy 40 in Kananaskis Country.

The Approach

I wondered what I was up for as I started yet another solo hike in the Rockies. This time I was headed for a Kananaskis area that was unknown to me, located up the Bishop Creek Trail. Mount Bishop doesn't have a ton of beta on it. The on-trail bushwhack sounded nasty and bringing bikes didn't sound worth it. Other parties seemed to take anywhere from 10 to 12 or even 14 hours to complete this trip. So why the heck was I here all alone on a cool Sunday morning in mid September? Good question. I'd just come back from two days of peakbagging in David Thompson Country in very thick forest fire smoke and was hedging my bets with this trip. I knew there were some larches in the upper Bishop Creek area and I knew that with clouds and only the possibility of less smoke in the forecast, I could be in for a bit of a disappointing day. There was no guarantee of a summit - especially one with any sort of view. I rolled the dice and figured worst case scenario I'd see some larches and get some exercise. Better than sitting at home on the couch. And boy was I glad I didn't do that! The day was dawning clear and beautiful as I marched along the wide flat Loomis Lake Trail from the first crossing of the Highwood River. As I crossed Loomis Creek for the first time I was wondering if I should have brought my bike. Nugara mentions that it's "around 1km" between the Highwood River and first Loomis Creek crossing. It's not. It's more like 1.8km. This means that even if you only bike the easiest section of trail, you still bike a total of almost 4km. If you have a decent bike and like riding you should bike the approach as far as possible, even up to the Bishop Creek crossing if you can hack some manky sections of...

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