Hittin' the Trails
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Near St. Francis, AB
Interest: Trees, Photography, education
Map Error: Willmore Wilderness: Persimmon Range
Topo maps show a trail running over the Persimmon Range from a fork of the Berland.
This trail does not exist.
It terminates in the bowl below the ridge. It's fairly easy to scramble up from the Berland side -- just scree, with enough plants to keep it mostly still.
The trick is on the Indian Trail/Mountain Trail side. If you follow the trail as indicated on the map, I think you will find yourself perched. The contour lines average considerably steeper than the angle of repose, which usually means they are interrupted by cliffs.
Instead run the contour more or less east, descending as you can. After about 2-3 km you will find yourself on a steep grassy slope that can be descended safely.
Do NOT be tempted to take any of the water channels down. These have abrupt drops scattered along their length.
Someday, I'll write up the story of how I found this out.