Limestone Peak – 5th Class North Gully
FA – G.Cornell, May 2003
Not so much a gully but steps of broken slab between two treed islands that extend up the north face of Limestone Mountain which is the subsidiary peak just west of The Wedge and connected to. It is an exposed scramble with one 5.2 section that’s not worth a rope as there simply is zero protection. The top out is directly upon the flat lazy summit.
From the parking lot at Wedge Pond, hike the trail around the south side of the water and catch a good trail that heads up and left along the flowing creek. This is the same trail to scramble up The Wedge. Leave the trail high up where crossing the overgrown gully is dry of water and the North Gully is visible. Bushwack through forest to an open plateau. From here, walk up the crest that leads directly to the gully which overlooks the huge bowl below the Wedge. Easily scramble up nice broken slab between the right-most treed islands aiming for an obvious right-facing corner that is visible from Hwy#40. Keep right and go up to the corner then, traverse left on exposed ground about 20m and go up a good crack on solid, wavy grey rock(crux) for 15m to the summit.
To descend, walk west to a scree slope and hike around the backside of Limestone to a basin that leads NW down to the power-lines and follow an old road north back to Hwy#40 and eventually the parking lot. Expect 5 hours roundtrip.