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Falls Lookout

Summit Elevation (m): 2448
Trip Date: May 29 2021
Elevation Gain (m): 700
Round Trip Time (hr): 2.5
Total Trip Distance (km): 7.5
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2 – you fall, you are not on the easiest west ridge route
Difficulty Notes: Easy hiking and scrambling up a scenic drainage and rubble ridge / shoulder.
Technical Rating: SC5
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After our 4 hour return trip up Onion Peak, Wietse and I were feeling pretty good as we started up the route to Falls Lookout from the Hummingbird Creek staging area. Just as on Onion Peak earlier, Cornelius Rott has a nice loop route detailed for this peak which is slightly more difficult and obviously longer. We were hoping to go for a “threefer” to take advantage of the long drive so we decided to tackle the most direct route for Falls Lookout rather than the more circuitous one. (As an aside, we met some folks who bailed on Cornelius’ route, which is apparently on AllTrails now. They were sketched out by the terrain and didn’t know of our easier route option.)

Falls Lookout Route Map

There isn’t much to say about this small objective. It’s a Ram Country version of Prairie Mountain! We followed intermittent trails up the SW approach drainage to the base of the easy west ridge / shoulder. We ground our way up this interminable slope on a mix of sharp scree and loose rubble to the upper SW ridge.

After ascending up and over a small false summit on the SW ridge the lookout appeared and we made our way up towards it. Views were similar to the ones we’d experienced on Onion Peak earlier, but slightly less due to the lower height and position. We were surprised by our ascent time of less than 1.5 hours and decided now was a good time to enjoy some breakfast with our views. 😉

Summit views include (L to R), Cline, Whitegoat, Bramwell, Mitchener, Abraham and Allstones (R).
Lost Guide Peak at left and Whelk / Mamen at right with Indian Lookout at center.
Whelk, Mamen, Icefall and Cheshire Peak in the far distance.

Descent was easy and quick and soon we were back at the staging area.

On our way back down the drainage to the parking lot I thought I spotted Raf up on the harder west ridge above the creek. We spotted his vehicle in the parking lot so that was very likely him. Later on I found out that Cornelius had placed a Bighorn Backcountry pamphlet on my windshield and that Matt Clay was also camping in the area this particular weekend. It’s for good reasons that me and my friends are spending time in the Ram / Clearwater areas. Despite being a long drive, it’s really no longer than most hwy 93 objectives and despite not having glaciers, this area has a remote feel to it and wonderful views over many creeks and rivers.

Falls Lookout
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Wietse walks the road from the parking lot to the NE drainage below Falls Lookout.
Wietse walks the road from the parking lot to the NE drainage below Falls Lookout.
The approach drainage.
The approach drainage.
The approach drainage has some trails along it.
The approach drainage has some trails along it.
The approach drainage has some trails along it.
The approach drainage has some trails along it.
The approach drainage has some trails along it.
The approach drainage has some trails along it.
Hiking the approach drainage to the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking the approach drainage to the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking the approach drainage to the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking the approach drainage to the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking up the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking up the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking up the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking up the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking up the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking up the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking up the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking up the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking up the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking up the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Views back down the drainage and to the harder WSW ridge.
Views back down the drainage and to the harder WSW ridge.
Hiking up the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking up the easy west ridge of Falls Lookout.
Hiking up the south west ridge of Falls Lookout to the summit.
Hiking up the south west ridge of Falls Lookout to the summit.
Hiking up the south west ridge of Falls Lookout to the summit.
Hiking up the south west ridge of Falls Lookout to the summit.
Hiking up the south west ridge of Falls Lookout to the summit.
Hiking up the south west ridge of Falls Lookout to the summit.
Views to Limestone Mountain (L/O) from the summit.
Views to Limestone Mountain (L/O) from the summit.
Views over the Ram River, Canary Creek, Onion Creek and Hummingbird Creek (R).
Views over the Ram River, Canary Creek, Onion Creek and Hummingbird Creek (R).
Distant views to Abraham Mountain and Allstones Mountain.
Distant views to Abraham Mountain and Allstones Mountain.
Peaks around Abraham Lake.
Peaks around Abraham Lake.
Views down Onion Creek past Mount Mumford (L).
Views down Onion Creek past Mount Mumford (L).
Cline, Resolute and the Whitegoat Peaks (R).
Cline, Resolute and the Whitegoat Peaks (R).
Views from Mount Cline (L) to Mumford (C) and Allstones (R).
Views from Mount Cline (L) to Mumford (C) and Allstones (R).
Views from Canary Peak (L) to Mount Cline (R) include Canaria, Hummingbird, Torpor and Bramwell.
Views from Canary Peak (L) to Mount Cline (R) include Canaria, Hummingbird, Torpor and Bramwell.
Canary Peak over "Canaria Peak".
Canary Peak over "Canaria Peak".
Whelk Peak with Mamen to the right.
Whelk Peak with Mamen to the right.
Whelk (L), Mamen, Icefall, Aries and Cheshire (R).
Whelk (L), Mamen, Icefall, Aries and Cheshire (R).
Lost Guide Peak.
Lost Guide Peak.
Lost Guide (L), Indian Lookout, Whelk and Mamen (R).
Lost Guide (L), Indian Lookout, Whelk and Mamen (R).
Distant views towards Tomahawk Mountain.
Distant views towards Tomahawk Mountain.
Views from Scalp (L) to Tomahawk, Forbidden and Lost Guide (R).
Views from Scalp (L) to Tomahawk, Forbidden and Lost Guide (R).
Views south to Ya Ha Tinda including Scalp Peak.
Views south to Ya Ha Tinda including Scalp Peak.
Limestone Lookout.
Limestone Lookout.
Ram Mountain Lookout.
Ram Mountain Lookout.
Largehorn Peak.
Largehorn Peak.
Sufi Peak.
Sufi Peak.
Hangman Peak past Allstones.
Hangman Peak past Allstones.
Abraham, Allstones and Hangman (R).
Abraham, Allstones and Hangman (R).
Incredible views south, west and north along Onion Creek and the Ram River.
Incredible views south, west and north along Onion Creek and the Ram River.
Shunda and Coliseum Mountain.
Shunda and Coliseum Mountain.
Largehorn Peak and Black Mountain.
Largehorn Peak and Black Mountain.
Canary Creek with Whelk Peak rising above.
Canary Creek with Whelk Peak rising above.
Exiting the SW ridge.
Exiting the SW ridge.
Descending easy west slopes back into the drainage below.
Descending easy west slopes back into the drainage below.
Descending easy west slopes back into the drainage below.
Descending easy west slopes back into the drainage below.
Following the intermittent trail back out of the drainage.
Following the intermittent trail back out of the drainage.
Following the intermittent trail back out of the drainage.
Following the intermittent trail back out of the drainage.

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