Windy Point Ridge


Trip Details
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Trip Date: 
Sunday, February 23, 2014
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Difficulty Notes: 

No difficulties - this is a hike.

Trip Report

After snowshoeing Foran Grade, I set my sights on the slightly higher Windy Point Ridge. I followed a good trail down from the summit of Foran Grade but near the pass I had to forge my own path straight up to the summit ridge of Windy Point - and it was bloody steep. The bitter cold actually helped me at this point - the slabby snow held my weight about 60% of the time. The other 40% was spent cursing the sugary stuff underneath the slab... ;-)


The summit views were quite limited, but just back from the summit the views were pretty good - much better than I was expecting given the weather forecast. I decided to take the shortest path to the highway and trudge back to my truck along it. This worked well and within 3.5 hours of leaving the truck I was back. Probably among the easiest two summits I've ever done - but the solitude and views were just what I needed on this bitterly cold February day.


[Starting down Foran Grade - the north end of Windy Point Ridge visible.]

[Nearing the pass - Windy Point Ridge rising above. ++]

[The entire Windy Point Ridge (summit on left) from near the pass. ++]

[I went straight up through the light forest.]

[Some animal was doing this to the bark all over the place - deer or moose?]

[The slope was pretty steep near the top.]

[Limited summit views. ++]

[A much better view from the top of the escarpment over the highway - just back from the summit. ++]

[Foran Grade and the highway. ++]

[Interesting formations from the descent, looking back up Windy Point. ++]

[A final glance back at Windy Point Ridge from the highway on return.]

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