Chapter 3 - Against the Rules - 00 12 44

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Location: Moose Mountain
GPS:   50d 56m 31.44s    -114d 48m 33.6s
Map / Satellite Image: Google Link
Site Name: Jack and His Dog

Travel Directions:
From Hwy 1 (Trans-Canada Hwy), take Exit 161A “Bragg Creek Rd / Hwy 22.” Go south on Hwy 22 approximately 17.4 km to the 4-way stop in Bragg Creek. (Do not follow the “Bragg Creek West” sign.) Turn left at the 4-way stop (continue on Hwy 22) and go 3.4 km to the “T” intersection of Hwy 22 and Hwy 66. Turn right (west) onto Hwy 66 and go approximately 13.9 km to Moose Mountain Road. Turn right (north) onto Moose Mountain Road and follow it 7.0 km to the well-marked trailhead. The trail begins in the trees at the green vehicle barrier, located on the south side of the parking area. The site is about 0.3 km beyond the tree line to the north (right). (Note: Moose Mountain Road is unmarked; it is just west of the “Paddy’s Flat” sign on Hwy 66.)

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.

Could there be a better way to convey the blissful innocence of Brokeback Mountain than in this visual masterpiece? It is an artful triumph of composition; Jack rests soundly in the company of his loyal blue heeler, as the sheep quietly graze in the distance.

Armed with only a few clues, Bob Sohomuch found this Edenic spot in July 2009.

“... for he loved a little dog.” [1]

[1] Brokeback Mountain - Story to Screenplay by Annie Proulx, Larry McMurtry, and Diana Ossana (Scribner) ISBN-13: 978-0-7432-9416-4, page 3.

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  Revised 26 November 2014