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Door Jamb Mountain and Loder Peak

Difficulty: 
Easy Scrambling
Elevation [m]: 
2088
Round Trip Distance [km]: 
5.9
Net Elevation Gain [m]: 
800
Total Elevation Gain [m]: 
803
Ascent Time: 
1:45
Bushwhackyness: 
None
Tripdate: 
Saturday, November 24, 2012

Door Jamb Mountain and Loder Peak are official names for two highpoints along ridge of Old Goat Mountain in the front ranges East of Canmore. Reading reports of 40cm of snow in the last few days a bit futher south in Kananaskis I had been expecting frostier weather but the warm winds around Canmore front ranges had other plans in store.

Setting out from a gravel turnoff across from an industrial plant on highway 1A a decent trail winds up the ridgecrest interlaced with highly textured slabs. Not much to say about the trail, if dry the slabs would make for lots of fun scrambling today a thin coating of snow made for quite slippery manouvering in places. Quite quickly the first highpoint (Door Jamb Mountain) is reached and from there its only a 20 min plod to the second highpoint (Loder Peak). Great views of the front ranges and out across the plains are visible from both summits and make the trip worthwhile as a good 'breakfast hike' leaving the rest of the day open for other things.

 

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