Hittin' the Trails
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: New Westminster
Interest: Backpacking, hiking, scrambling, mountaineering
Hiked Skyline Trail south to north Sept. 4-6. Snow on the trail starts on the hike up to Big Shovel Pass and continues over The Notch and until you descend into the valley leading to Tekarra CG. Varying depths of snow and icy in places - bring microspikes. Snow not deep enough for an ice axe to be of any use and I never felt I needed one. No snow at any of the campsites. The hike over the Notch with all of the snow looked worse from below than it really was. Biggest challenges were route finding once over Big Shovel Pass as it started snowing and it was difficult to see the snow covered trail and then boulder fields between Curator CG and The Notch (since the rocks were covered with snow had to be really careful finding where to put your feet - couldn't tell where there is a rock or an empty space). All that said, we were sooo happy that it had snowed! The trail is absolutely gorgeous in the snow, especially all of the surrounding peaks. Lots of sections not snow covered, so we experienced that trail in both winter and late summer!