Steven Song's Peak-bagging Journey

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Mount Solomon

The last day of long weekend, we chose an easy objective near Hinton. Mount Solomon is just a hike with 600m elevation gain.

Direction:
Go north on Highway 40 towards Grand Cache, after crossing Athabasca River, watch for sign towards Brule / Black Cat Ranch on your left side, and turn left. After about 11km, watch for sign to Black Cat Ranch, turn right onto a gravel road, and follow the road to the end. The trailhead is on the right side of a gate, and is well marked.

There's a maze of trails but all of the intersections are marked. You just need to follow sign #18: summit of Solomon trail. The trail went on longer than expected. I thought it's just like another Exshaw Mountain, but I was wrong...

The summit is actually treed, but does offer good view towards the front range and Brule Lake. You probably want to descend about 20m towards west to a better viewpoint. The weather was bad throughout the day and most peaks were covered in clouds. Glad I didn't push on doing Utopia... There were two registers which surprised me a bit. No familiar names though.

Due to the cold weather, we didn't stay long. I also had some homework unfinished so the sooner we got back home, the better.

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