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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-26-2004, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Default Clendinning Lake - Photos & Trip Report

Time to Clendinning Lake: 2.5 days, one way. Did not make it to Clendinning Glacier although we could see it down at the end of Clendinning Lake. Hike was extremely difficult and the bushwhacking will get much worse later in the season with the arrival of leaves and the departure of the snow. Expect 3.5 days each way after mid June or so.

Devil's Clubs

Many of the Devil's Clubs were under snow and the rest did not have leaves yet, however the leaves were starting to bud. They will be a problem later in the season.

Trees Missing

We unexpectedly encounted several tree stumps in a group where there should not be any stumps. Some of the sawed-down trees were still lying where they fell. Other trees appeared to be missing, suggesting that they had been helicoptered-out as the nearest road was distant and there would be no other way to remove them. Helicopter logging in Clendinning Park? Hmmm... Very strange...

Boulderfield Route


Bear Tracks in Sand

Moss Covered Split Boulder

We passed several huge boulders that were split cleanly in two.

Fresh Boulder Field

Some of the huge boulders looked like they arrived there recently.

Fresh Rockslide

A section of the cliff had recently colapsed.

Slide Alder

With no leaves on the slide alder, route-finding was easy and much of the slide alder avoided. Later in the season this will be a problem.

Patchy Snow

Wolverine Tracks?

Split Boulder

Another huge boulder that was split. They must have split after it stopped rolling down the hill. Water freezing internally?

Snow Covered Slide Alder

Much of the nortorious slide alder was bent down by the snow. There was almost no post-holing although 3 or 4 snow bridges colapsed under me unexpectedly.

Muddy Bear Tracks

This bear could not have been more than a few minutes ahead of us, coming in the opposite direction, as the snow was melting very fast in the hot sun. The tracks were very fresh. We also saw evidence of Grizzly bear. We heard owls and other strange sounds that we could not identify. At one bend in the creek the water produced the same sound as a plane flying over. We also saw the tracks of a large animal with hooves. Moose? We saw Moose in the Elaho Valley in the distance.

Split Boulder

Valley End

The end of the Clendinning Creek valley. The lake is around to the left.

Creek Crossing

Clendinning Creek Headwaters

Clendinning Creek flowing out of Clendinning Lake.

Rock Piling

Clendinning Glacier was visable down at the far end of Clendinning Lake.


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yup, here are the pictures' I'll type up a full, trip report ASAP, as the details float back. .... I really do look haggard in those pictures.... Lol!

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Bravo!Nice pics.Totally interesting place to check out,thanks for posting on such a unique location
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Yeah, way to go guys. I was looking forward to this report. Backcountry at it's finest!
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Great pics. I'll have to add this place to my list.
Looks like you guys had a great time.
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Nice work folks.
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Thanks for sharing those pics of a very remote area. Were there any canyons or headwalls along the valley to negotiate? I bet the adrenaline was pumping on the crossings...did you have many of those to make? The split boulders are curious! Shockingly barren country near the lake, and steep shoreline. Inspiring, guys, well done.

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Good stuff!!! Great work guys!!
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Canyons and headwalls? Yup. There was some of every terrain you can imagine. Nothing was un-passable. Many were tricky and route-finding was difficult in some spots. The several creek crossings were hazardous. The current was swift, the water cold, and the glacier silt made the bottom invisible.

Here is a brief description of the hike. Alsid can fill in the blanks.

Often spelled Clendenning, even on many official maps, the correct spelling is Clendinning. Clendinning Creek heads 27 kilometres North West to Clendinning Lake. Clendinning Glacier hangs into Clendinnng Lake at the Southern shore. We intended to walk up the Clendinning Glacier 10 kilometres to Swiss Arm and Ross Arm and attempt to climb Pivotal Mountain after bushwhacking to Clendinning Lake. We set off from the bridge crossing the Elaho River near the Randy Stoltmann Wilderness Route trailhead at 1:00 pm on Friday. At the far side of the bridge immediately turn left and follow the flagging up the hill. The route up to the Clendinning Lookout looks very seldom travelled and parts of the route are blocked with recent windfall activity. Many of the aluminium markers have fallen off, there is no beaten path to follow, and the flagging is a hard-to-spot yellow color. Our driver turned back about 5 minutes from the bluff that is the Clendinning Lookout and took our snowshoes with her. It was evident that they were not to be needed and would be difficult to get through the extreme bushwhacking that was to follow. Her trusty dog lead her back down the hill with his super-smelling. The marked route ends at Clendinning Lookout. We bushwhacked down the hill to Clendinning Creek and headed upstream while it started to rain. The darkness of night arrived but we continued on through a series of gravel bars, slide alder and devil's club areas, and boulder fields. Route finding was tricky at night. We continued until 1:30 pm using our headlamps. Very early on Sunday we abandoned our mountaineering equipment as we now knew that it was questionable whether we would even make it to Clendinning Lake as we could only maintain an average speed of 1.5 kilometres per hour. However, we were within striking distance of the lake by Saturday night at dusk. Sunday morning we rounded the base of Frontline Mountain at the end of Clendinning Valley and had to cross Wave Creek, the last obstacle before the lake. We finally arrived at Clendinning Lake at 4:30 pm on Sunday. We had to head back soon as darkness was approaching and we had stashed our sleeping equipment at our last campsite to lighten our packs further. We picked it up on the way back after crossing Wave Creek further downstream, saving some time. Sunday's darkness approached and we were unable to continue on. We were too fatigued. Monday we headed downstream, picked up our second food stash until we were within striking distance of the Elaho River Bridge. We camped on a sandy beach with pure white fine sand and awoke to a light rain. Tuesday got us to the bridge ahead of schedule and we walked to the main road in the heavy rain. Loggers gave us a ride to Squamish after a short wait and a convincing story. We waited in Burger King for our arranged ride. When we discovered our ride would be late I hitchhiked to Vancouver, getting a ride immediately to the Seabus Terminal at Lonsdale. I took the skytrain to the Burrard Street Station and hiked the last kilometer home.
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Grizzly Bear

The animal that produced this must have been a big furry monster.
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