Hittin' the Trails
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Near St. Francis, AB
Interest: Trees, Photography, education
Valley of the Lakes, etc.
I've done this valley twice, looking at the ridge to the south to possibly jump to the Cline system.
I've also done Cataract Creek several times, and on some of those trips scanned for possible routes.
At the time I was with high school students, mostly Grade 10's.
I wouldn't have tried it with that group.
McDonald Creek is a very typical block thrust formation. The north-east side, as I recall looks semi-reasonable on topo maps, but on closer approach is very 'slab' Steep as a bad staircase, with little in the way of footholds. The other face off of the creek is a series of cliffs.
I do not have the maps in front of me as I write. These are 20 year old, old-fart memories. Your mileage may vary.