Door Jamb Mountain and Loder Peak
Two points along the ridge leading to Goat Mountain


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Distance 3.1km up, 5.1km down- Elevation gain - 775m
2hr, 40min ascent / 3hr, 40min descent



To hike up Door Jamb Mountain, drive along highway 1A, and park at the entrance to the Continental Lime plant.
Right across the highway from the turnoff, a small path leads up the embankment.
This path will take you to the powerline trail. Turn left for Jura Creek, or RIGHT for Door Jamb Mountain.
After a couple minutes along the powerline, a small trail diverts off towards the ridge. Take this to ridgeline, then head up.
If you don't catch the path, just bushwhack towards the obvious ridge, and go up.
Once you get on the crest of the ridge, even near the bottom, vegetation is sparse enough to provide obvious paths up.
At the beginning of the trip, there are often decent paths ascending, which you can flip around.

Door Jamb Mountain from the start.

Ellen checks out the Continental Lime plant.

Trail leading to first bump.

Door Jamb Mountain from the first bump.

As you get higher, the paths often remain, but the ridgecrest turns into a mass of slabs, which are far more enjoyable to walk than loose path.
After the first small hump and lookout, you can walk steepening slabs to the top of Door Jamb Mountain - the look steeper from below than they are.
There are few difficulties along the way, and anything tough that you'd rather not climb can be avoided by the many paths going around.
It's often more fun to climb though. :)

Peter and Ellen scale some rock.

Peter, Ellen, and Christina on the slabs.

Peter leads the way for Ellen and Christina,

Christina, Peter, and Jeff head up the steep slope.
       
The one spot we actually climbed up. (You can bypass on the left if it doesn't seem much fun.)

The top of Door Jamb is a flat slab, with a few trees on the south side.
We stopped here to eat lunch and enjoy the excellent view.

Ellen goes for the summit.

Approaching the summit of Door Jamb Mountain.

Lunch on Door Jamb Mountain.

Jeff, Peter, Christina, Rachel, and Ellen.

Pano from the summit of Door Jamb Mountain.

Beyond Door Jamb, you must lose a small amount of elevation, then ascend to Loder Peak. There are some awesome steepish slabs near the top, but again are easier than they look from below.
As we realized that the winds had gone nuts and were bringing us clouds from the southeast - dark ones we'd previously dismissed,
we powered up Loder Peak to get up and over before any potential thunderstorms could strike. We thus spent only a short time on the summit before moving off to safety.

Starting the ridge towards the colourful Loder Peak.

Christina and Ellen sideslope some broken slab.

Peter takes the straight way up.

The group approaches the peak.

Keeping an eye on incoming dark clouds.

Pano from the summit of Loder Peak. The continuation of the Goat Traverse is seen in the middle. Saved for a better-weather day.

Once at Loder Peak, you have two options. You can return the way you came, which is quickest, and is an enjoyable trip.
Alternately, you can descend a gully down to Jura Creek, then make a loop via the creekbed.
This is actually the route up that I see described in a number of places. I DO NOT recommend it as an ascent.
The slabs on the ridge are great fun on the way up, and this route is a loose mess of trailets and creekbed walking.
For the way down though, it wasn't bad, and I wanted to return via the very amazing Jura Creek.

My one disappointment was not getting to explore the ridge further.
There's a neat little extra peak right beside Loder, and the ridge continues from there. Had we not black clouds approaching, we'd have continued.
This is a cool enough hike, however, that I'll be happy to return again to continue.

Ellen, Jeff, and Christina hike below the summit.

This cairn marks the easiest way across the only real rockband.

A look at the peak we didn't get to do.

Hiking down the gully.

The drainage we took is the normal route, but actually a subsidiary drainage to the one on the other side of the extra peak.
Most of the way down, we met with this other drainage, and then continued down the broad valley towards Jura Creek
The other one is really cool looking - I'll explore it the next time.

The gully opens up near the junction with the main drainage.

Our route down.

The cool drainage we didn't take.

Everyone starts down the wide drainage towards Jura Creek.

We reached the creek just upstream of all the interesting stuff, and took a short snack and bandage-adjustment break.
The first cool part from this direction is the upper canyon.
This one has been scoured into a series of pools and drops. It's not really navigable by foot due to the deep pools, but might be swimable.
Just below the canyon is the celebrated false fault and exposure of the Exshaw shale. It's pretty cool if you're a geek. :)

Upper Canyon shapes

Well-scoured pools.

Oxidizing Palliser Limestone.

Totally cool rusty rock.

There's a 30-45minute walk then along the creek with nothing much interesting going on.
It's not too kind on the ankles, but there are paths that crisscross along the sides that can give you a break.

Leaving the false fault area.

Peter, Christina, and Ellen hike down Jura Creek.

The valley narrows towards the lower canyon.

Eventually, you arrive at the lower canyon, which is really the whole reason for returning this way - it's incredibly cool.
If the water levels are fairly low, you can walk right through it by rockhopping and taking some logs placed strategically along the way.
If you're willing to get your feet wet, it's easy to just walk along in the creek.

At this time, there was just barely too much water to walk the first log - it sunk under. I tried anyways and got a little wet, but the rest was clear.
I met everyone else at the exit to the canyon, and then brought Peter and Jeff back up for a look at the inside.

Rockhopping as the walls close in.

Peter taks the interesting route through a tight spot.

Climbing above the water.

The middle log is too bendy. I got a wet foot.

Jura Creek canyon.

Higher walls.

Tight curves as the water slams back and forth.

Looking down the canyon.

Jeff and Peter explore.

Jeff emerges from the canyon.

After the canyon, the creek widens into a wide dry rubble bed. Take a trail out the sidewall to the left.
Walking along the bank, a trail will turn off left at some point, and will take you back to the powerline trail and road turnoff.
We lucked out on the weather, and had only light rain a couple of times for brief periods.


The really cool thing about this whole trip was the rocks - we found all sorts of neat formations and fossils.
It's nice to have a geologist along the way to catch things I'd have otherwise missed, and to explain the rocks.
(I now need to ask for re-identification of many of these).

Stromatolite!




thalassinoides


a large coral.




EW! (a tick).

Saskatoon (amelanchier alnifolia).

Photos taken by Rachel.

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