A steep unpaved road to Shunda Mountain
Shunda Mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.066m (6,778ft) above the sea level, located in west-central Alberta, Canada. The road to the summit is closed to vehicles in winters.
The unpaved road to the summit is rough and rocky. It’s called Baldy Mountain Road. It’s not plowed in the winter. The summit is only accessible in summers. A gate closes the access to the summit during the rest of the year. The summit is crowned with numerous antennas. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, the road to the summit is 10.1 km (6.27 miles) long, starting from David Thompson Highway. Over this distance the elevation gain is 745 meters. The average gradient is 7.37%. The lookout on the summit offers great views of the east side of the Rockies, Abraham Lake and panoramic views of Nordegg and the surrounding Front Ranges. The mountain takes its name from Shunda Creek. "Shunda" is an Indian word meaning "mire" which described a ford across the creek.
Pic: Ronald Cattaruzza