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Default Monument 78: to US-Canada Border Sept.27/20

A hike with a different flavour compared to recent hikes with Ingrid and others. Something different, a valley hike from near the Highway 3 in Manning Park to the USA/Canada border, east of Windy Joe... and by Castle Creek.
Ingrid and I hiked this from 9:30 am to 5:15 pm; 24 km return with 600 cuum M elevation gain. Cloudy to start with afternoon sunshine -and late afternoon clearing. A bit cool; and our lunch spot was perfect .. 5 minutes from the monument, in an open glade in the sunshine enjoying my hot chocolate-; beef sandwich, and cookie treat. great company with Ingrid and Linnea.
Oh Yes, someone left an unattended campfire, which we put out....

Map shows route in green. It is the one marked "Monument 78", the other trail to the right is Monument 83, where the lookout towers are located.

TRAILHEAD --SIGN: Monument 78 & 83 share a common trail to start before they separate out.
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TRAIL JUNCTION: Left goes Monument 83; right goes Monument 78.

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Trail follows old road bed, lots of autumn colours....

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NEARBY BRIDGE, & CASTLE CREEK

Found smoking fire, nobody around.. used bottle to load up water to douse it.
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MONUMENT 78 MARKER.....

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ENJOYABLE LUNCH SPOT, JUST MINUTES FROM BORDER...

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BRIDGE, SKETCHY WALKING OVER...
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PINE FOREST KILLED BY BEETLE INFESTATION
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VIEW - COTTONWOOD, BY CASTLE CREEK , returning to parking lot.
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Found smoking fire, nobody around.. used bottle to load up water to douse it.

This really irks me off. We had recently huge fire in Ghost area (Rockies foothills on AB side), that kept burning totally out of control for days to the point they considered evac for nearby villages. (This cold front has finally put it off). Reason: Abandoned campfire. Why oh why. Big kudoos for putting it off.


Nice report & proof valley floor hikes can sometime be as nice as highline routes.
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Thank you zeljkok, .. some people just do not think or get it. Awful one has to wait for a whole season to see the end of that conflagration.

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