Distance: 1.5 km
Elevation gain: 215 m View map Download GPS track
With plenty of gas left in the tank after aborting our trip at Hearts Peak earlier in the day we decided to head a bit further south along the Adanac Road to ascend Poker Peak directly from the road. This was supposed to have been the final peak of our four-peak Hearts-Spades-Clubs-Poker traverse, but deep snow beyond Heart had turned us back before the traverse had even begun.
We parked at the high point of the Adanac Road, just south of a cattle guard on the border of the Castle Special Management Area (soon to be a park, I hope) and started hiking up the steep west slope of Poker Peak. After 35 strenuous minutes of hiking in the hot sun we reached the summit, just 700 m from the truck and 215 m higher. The view from the summit was surprisingly different than that from Hearts Peak, and ridges extending to the north, south, and east would make for very nice hiking on the right day. Today, however, we were uncharacteristically exhausted, and so chose to simply sit and enjoy the sun and refreshing breeze for about 30 minutes instead.
It wasn’t exactly the fancy 4-peak traverse I’d wanted today, but any day in the mountains is better than any day at work or in the city!