Started at Red Rock Canyon at 0800 and rode bikes 2.4 miles to the Goat Lake Trail
junction, we left the bikes and hiked 2.7 miles to the Snow Shoe Cabin. We then hiked
the Lost Lake Trail for 1.9 miles to Castle Divide. The Park only maintains the trail as far
as the spur trail to Lost Lake so the trail is not brushed out beyond this point. The trail
climbs to Castle Divide where we turned east and followed the faint trail towards Avion
Ridge. The trail climbs gradually through the tamaracks to tree line then steepens, soon
the summit of Avion Ridge is visible. Despite the haze from forest fires in B.C. and Alberta
the views into the Castle Crown area were great. We followed the trail along the
ridge crest to the Newman-Avion Ridge col. We then scrambled up the west ridge of
Newman to the summit where we enjoyed the views into the Castle Crown area and into
Waterton. We then followed our ascent route back to the col then turned SE down
the valley to Goat Lake, then followed the maintained trail back to the Snow Shoe
Trail where we picked up our bikes and enjoyed an exhilarating 2.4 mile
(15 minute) ride back to the Red Rock Canyon parking lot. 15 miles, 3400 vertical
and 8 hours to complete the adventure.
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