I wanted to try Williams Peak. I knew that it would be warm today, so I got to the trailhead (williams ridge) at 6:00 AM. I figured...my book says 11 k return. 1240m gain to the end of the trail with 200 meters elevation difference to get to the summit from the end of the trail. Based on that information, I figured that this would take me about 6 hours...since Mcfarlane took me 7 from chilliwack lake road (same elevation gain, but it was double the distance.
I don't think my book is right. It felt like more than 200 meters from the knoll to the summit. It also felt like way more distance than 5.5 km each way. The ridge alone is probably almost that.
LEG ONE: trailhead to ford mountain connection.
This was a joy to hike. The trail means business, but I would prefer to climb a trail this way as opposed to radium lake....lets get-er done. There were no bugs, the air was cool, and the mood was right.
I took a crappy blurry shot of the old cabin as I walked by.
LEG TWO: Williams Ridge
This sucked. Real Real Real bad. I had thought that this would be the fun part of the hike, but it was VERY BUGGY. I'm not kidding. The last time I've heard sounds like that, I was at the Motocross races...in the 2-stroke days. It never ended from here on. Constant slapping. If you're a professional bee-keeper, you may not mind, but I was thrashing through the bushy parts of the trail just to get the bugs off of me.
The hike goes up and DOWN the bumps on the ridge ridge a number of times (too many to count), and the scenery is not good, it doesent feel like a ridge, it reminds me of sumas mountain. Oh...did I mention that it is really long in this section? probably 3x as long as I imagined it to be.
In the last 1/4 of this section it does become beautiful, the views open up, and the meadows are quite nice.
LEG THREE: end of trail to summit.
OK now we are having fun again (me and the flies that is). OK seriously though, this is fun terrain to walk in. It's like a playground. I boulder hopped up to the shoulder. There was a mellow route (blue) in the sun and a steep route (pink) in the shade so I took the shady route...beginning to worry about my water supply. I now affectionately refer to this shady steep section as the "valley of anguish". It was loose and sketchy.
Around the corner to the long gulley that WILDMAN describes.
Up it to the top. If you can find a place to sit where flying ants are not mating then it is a nice place to linger when the wind is blowing. There's two neat little ponds below in the talus
This land's value would be higher if Slesse would get out of the way and give us a BAKER VIEW:
LEG FOUR: Descent (or should I say ascent too)
Coming down was a snap...the talus is pretty well lodged (trust me I'm a boulderer, I know my talus)
You mean I've gotta climb up that thing? Yes indeed, and it was now the afternoon, and I am in the oven. It was now that I realized that I did not have enough water left in my camelback.
I tried to go really fast "down" the ridge. I took tiny sips of water every 10 minutes. It got hotter and hotter. After an eternity, I made it to the junction, and started going down. To make a long story short, I made it, but I was getting pretty clumsy at the end. I should have known better than to trust the "backroads mapbook". This was a serious dayhike, harder than macfarlane.
When I made it back to my car, and started driving, the temperarature read well into the 30's even up to 35 in some areas.
Info on the trip
Elevation gain (my guess) between 1700-1950
Time taken Just over 9 hours. (I brought enough water for a 6 hour trip). My wife was just about to start making some calls when I came home.
Either I underestimated the time necessary for the hike, or the Heat totally drained me. either way, I don't think I'm gonna hike in the heat anymore.