You'll head along the Ghost River to the foot of Blackrock Mountain. You'll follow the old telephone line up the mountain to the fire lookout. The trail is steep in some places and will require a bit of scrambling to reach the top. However, it will all be worth it, the view of the Devils Head and Ghost River region will be incredible. (9 km to the lookout).
Trailhead: Follow Crowchild Trail Out of the City through Cochrane to the Junction with Highway 40 Forestry Trunk Road (Just past the Wildcat Hills Gas Plant). Follow the Trunk Road to the the Bar-Cee Ranch 25.4 km north of Highway 1A (The real Bar-Cee not the dude ranch). From here turn west onto the Ghost River Road and follow this another 15.6 km to the campground. Park here.
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Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Thu Oct 22 15:43:00 UTC 2015
UpsideAwesome valley, impressive views at this lower elevation, doable early-late in the season. DownsideThere are lots of trucks, cans shooters and motocross. This is not as quiet as in our protected parks. You have to cross the river twice, you will get wet most probably. CommentEdwards Rating: I (II) M M (More of a hike than a scramble)
Elevation of 937 m NET, 982 m TOT & max 2481 m (2462 m officially)
4 to 6 hours
It was a 15.74 km for us by starting from the last â??parking lotâ?? on the right side of the road, before the long slope down the river. If you have an ATV, a bike or a truck, you can park minutes away from the trailhead in the river bed and save 6.7 km approximately. We couldnâ??t do that but it is a beautiful walk in the river anyways. No difficulty or technical challenges here and awesome views once on the plateau before the last steep slope to the summit. This was our first time going in that area and we will definitely come again. 2 guys we met at the top told us the Devilâ??s Head is a nice 5.4-5.6 scramble/climb. We will definitely do it when we have more experience climbing outdoor as we may want to bring ropes on that trip.
Posted By: Bretan
- Mon Jul 31 21:27:07 UTC 2006
UpsideGreat Hike, the fire lookout at the top is interesting too. One of the few mountains I've hiked not connected to another other nearby peaks by a ridge. DownsideNeed a 4x4. Helps if it can cross the river, or be prepared for a very cold ford in water levels that fluctuate during the day and time of year. CommentWas a great impromptu hike. We were camping in the area and ran across the trail.
Posted By: sdecarie
- Wed Aug 03 20:34:26 UTC 2005
UpsideIt's great hike with fantastic views in all directions. DownsideYou need a 4X4 to access it. You can get 3.5 closer driving a 4X4 than the above directions imply.
CommentGo down the hill turn right and head up the valley fording the river if necessary. Turn right at sight leading to Ghost river.
End of track, cross the river and follow to old ranger cabin and trail head sign.
Directions can be found Gillian Daffern's Kananaskis Country Trail Guide (vol 1)