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Saddle Mountain

My original plan was doing Lion and Lioness Peaks (Resolute Mountain) on Saturday. However, I waited at the trailhead until 8:30am and my partners still didn't show up... We were planning on meeting at 7:30. Alright, I wouldn't solo ascend this mountain in rain anyway, so I drove back to Saskatchewan Crossing. The rain got heavier further towards west and it was very hopeless. I knew all of the mountains nearby are big, so I decided to drive to Lake Louise to see what was the weather forecast first. It was snowing hard near Bow Summit and yeah, summer is really gone... Oh no...

Once at Lake Louise Info, I could clearly see the intense system moving in from BC, pushing across the Parkway on Saturday... Lake Louise was at the boundary of this system, so? With the afternoon thunderstorm in forecast, I figured I only have 2 choices: Saddle Mountain or Devil's Thumb. Because I've been to Lake Agnes for 2 times already this year, I decided to do Saddle Mountain. I've done Mt. Fairview last year so this trip is purely for bagging a named summit. I thought there won't be any new view, am I correct?.. Not really.

Anyway, I quickly made my way to Saddleback Pass Trail. I only brought up 0.5L water, one sandwich, and one jacket. Because I didn't start too late, there weren't too many tourists on the trail, good. Oh man, this mountain is so short.. There were several good viewpoints on the way up. This time there were both some low clouds and also a high ceiling.

Near the pass, there was fresh snow on the trail. The sky cleared briefly and I took some nice photos of Mt. Fairview. The rain turned to mixed precip. Minutes before the pass, I left the trail and boulder-hopped up towards the mountain. It was very short and I didn't take long to make to the summit. Surprisingly, this little peak offers better view towards Temple and Paradise Valley than the nearby Fairview. The clouds made things more interesting at times.

Due to the thunderstorm concern, I quickly made my way down after taking these photos. I didn't get soaked on the way down. If you look for a day to kill time or simply a 2-hour-peak, you should consider Saddle Mountain.

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Mount Temple
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Mount Temple
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Bow Valley
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Bow Valley
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Mount Fairview
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Mount Fairview
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Mount Fairview
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Mount Fairview
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Haddo Peak in fog
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Haddo Peak in fog
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Sheol Mountain
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Sheol Mountain
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Sheol Mountain
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Sheol Mountain
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Bow Valley
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Bow Valley
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Temple & Sheol
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Temple & Sheol
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Fairview
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Fairview
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Redoubt Mountain
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Redoubt Mountain
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Hungabee
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Hungabee
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Paradise Valley
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Paradise Valley
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Drop-off down to Paradise Valley
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Drop-off down to Paradise Valley
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Skoki Area
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Skoki Area
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Stormy weather
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Stormy weather
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