Montreal Hill (9580 feet) – The second attempt. May 24, 2008

May 31, 2008 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

A hike summiting the Obelisk was planned for May 24th, to honor the birth of Mrs. Elvis Presley (aka Priscilla Presley), but sadly FlyingElvis was still in mourning over Priscilla getting eliminated from Dancing with the Stars and could not join us. In addition, Memorial Day weekend had been predicted to be wet and dreary, so SirLoinOfBeef (SLOB) and Wimpy decided to scale back their original plans to instead take a nice stroll up Cardiff Fork and finally conquer Montreal Hill. Admittedly, the change in plans probably had more to do with our level of fitness than with the crummy weather or the absence of the FlyingPelvis. The first attempt to summit Montreal Hill took place back in September of 2006 during a trip from Alta over Flagstaff MT, down into Cardiff Fork and then back over Cardiff Pass. This time, we decided to make an approach from the North in hopes of actually recognizing Montreal Hill. The dire weather predictions turned out to be as incorrect as usual and we woke up to a clear blue sky. After a leisurely 6 am start, we piled into SLOB’s mom-mobile and hit the road. To get to Montreal Hill, drive approximately 8.8 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon (BCC) until you see Cardiff Fork Road (Mill D, South) on your right. At this time of year, the gate is closed and you will need to park on the turnoff for Cardiff Fork Road (7268 foot elevation). You will then need to travel about 1.3 miles on paved road through summer homes, past the Jordan Pines campground and picnic area. Eventually the road will turn to dirt and finally you will reach the start of the trail (look for the public toilet) After the usual circuitous trailfinding, team laser beam broke away from the trail to Donut Falls and worked their way up to the Old Cardiff Mine.
Cardiff Mine?

Looking south we were treated to phenomenal views of Cardiac Bowl with Montreal Hill clearly visible in the foreground. We circled Montreal Hill to the East and eventually found snowmobile tracks leading to the ridge from the South. After gaining the ridge, we post-holed through snow to reach the rocky peak of Montreal Hill. We then treated our selves to a delicious meal of Buffalo CheeseBurgers, topped with Gruyere Cheese on a flour dusted Shepherd’s Hamburger Bun. The views in all directions were inspiring, eliciting conversations about potential future trips to Kessler Peak. After finishing our meal we decided to descend in a directissima fashion by heading down the snowcovered col leading back to the trail head. This route cut significant distance off of the return trip and also enabled some big belly snow sliding.
Wimpy on the Way Up



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To encourage, enable, and document the consumption of a Cheeseburger on every summit on earth.
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