July 21, '16
3 yrs later from original post went up this way again, this time with couple of twists.
Walking around Rawson lake large group warned me not to head up because of bear. Undeterred I continued, but that avi slope is bear rich environment and sure enough as I rounded up the lake & was about to start ascent I saw him. Actually her -- sow with a cub, could spot them moving about 3/4 of the way up. Not in the ascent gully, but one drainage across to the right (where winter route would top up). 2 more hikers caught up so we proceeded, which was maybe not the smartest thing to do but we made lots of noise. We topped up without accidents; I went over & looked downhill but she was nowhere to be found. I did abandon plans to bivi on the ridge to catch the sunrise & hiked down; while walking back around the lake I could see them again up there. So if you go up this weekend, be careful.
Couple of pics:
[To me this is one of top 5 viewpoints I've seen in this life. And I've been around]
[Rawson Lake. Once sun sets behind Mt. Sarrail and crowds disappear you can have it to yourself, and it is pretty magical]
Side note: From the ridge could see Hidden lake; it seemed very low & I think you can walk around without problems.
Second twist: on the way back decided on a whim to follow Sarrail creek up (brand new spanking bridge btw, don't know when it was installed, wasn't there last November). I thought trail on right side would vanish but to my surprise it kept going, and it got better defined higher up. I followed for 1/2 hour -- this is not some animal or abandoned trail; it is very good, and in use. Can anyone comment on it? Is it some climber approach for Mt. Foch? I'd like to know.
Pic of Sarrail creek higher up; wish I had a tripod for this one
Full trip report with high-res photos, map and downloadable GPS track here