Missinglink (+Dot) Mountain

Summit Elevation (m): 1935
Elevation Gain (m): 575
Trip Date: Nov 22 2013
Round Trip Time (hr): 3
Total Trip Distance (km): 8.5
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 1/2 – you fall, you sprain your ego
Difficulty Notes: No difficulties. May need snowshoes if you do it in late November but the slopes get wind blasted and are usually clear.
Technical Rating: OT3; YDS (Hiking)
GPS Track: Gaia
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On Friday, November 22 2013 I decided to mosey my way down to Sheep River Provincial Park for a shot at a front range peak that had caught my interest when Bob Spirko did it a few years previous. It’s been a while since I was down this way and I forgot how striking the peaks in the Sheep River area are – especially on the drive into the park. The weather was a chilly -14 in Calgary but by the time I got to the parking area along the road it was only -2 in a very warm sunshine.

Missinglink Mountain Route Map

The Gorge Creek road was closed so that added an extra 1km and some height gain to the trip – but it was easy walking so I didn’t mind. The weather was glorious and it felt great to be back out after a few weekends of cold and wintry weather stuck in the house. It was pretty darn obvious why the road was closed – the bridge had been decimated in the June floods. I wonder when or if it will be fixed? Obviously there’s no active drilling in the area or it would be fixed already.

As I started up the obvious grass slope I noticed a fairly large group just at the top of it. I thought that was strange since there’s no obvious trail and I didn’t think THAT many people hiked this mountain. I left the snowshoes in the truck after noticing that the slopes were all snow-free on the southwest aspect and this was a good decision for the most part. Once I topped out on the ridge I followed a recently broken trail all the way to the summit. The first part of the ridge is the nicest by far.

Panorama looking ahead along the ridge. Bluerock Mountain and Mount Burns to the left.
The cliffs on the west side of the ridge are nice scenery.

I found the last 2/3 of the ridge a bit under whelming considering the elevation changes (that’s why my total height gain is much more than Bob’s) and views. If you don’t care about peaks I wouldn’t bother going any further than the open ridge – the views don’t change much from there anyway and you’re in for quite a bit of (easy) bush.

Green, Hoffman, Highwood, Shunga-la-she, Burns, Bluerock, Rose, Threepoint, Cornwall, Glasgow and others.

At the summit I thanked a school group from Black Diamond for breaking my trail before heading back. The weather was gorgeous all day and I loved the views west. This is a short but well worthwhile objective for the off season. The Sheep River road closes December 01 though – so you have to get in there before then.

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