|DVD Time Code = 00 23 15|
|Location: Hwy 66, Moose Mountain|
|GPS: 50d 56m 25.56s -114d 48m 40.92s|
|Map / Satellite Image: Google Link|
|Site Name: Sheep Procession #2|
The Moose Mountain summit is 7.1 km from the parking area and trailhead, gaining 477 m (1,565') in elevation. Allowing time to explore filming locations, budget a total of 4 to 5 hours for a rewarding hike to and from the vast Moose Mountain meadows, where several sheep herding scenes were filmed. Mornings generally provide the most reliable weather conditions. See:
The hike to the meadows is a moderately strenuous ascent. Though no filming took place above the meadows, the adventurous may wish to keep climbing to the summit using a series of switchbacks leading to a fire lookout station. Budget approximately 50 minutes for the final ascent, along slippery shale surfaces.
The filmmakers had a problem finding the “right” mountain. The story suggests Brokeback is a mountain with two levels. Many mountains were considered, some as far away as the U.S. border, but problems with site access and wildlife safety left the producers with Moose Mountain.
Various shots from other locations were used to make the trek to the two campsites appear to be much longer and higher than it really is. Indeed, the elevation of Campsite #2 is actually 488 m (1,600') lower than that of this site.
Always consult park wardens and take appropriate precautions.
Pictures of surrounding area:
Revised 08 April 2013