I had always wanted to climb Cloudraker since seeing it 15-20 years ago while hiking in the Lizzie Lake area. Unfortunately it was a long ways off then and even longer now if you want to go in from that direction because of the road being out. However after scanning the area in google earth I noticed some fresh clearcuts on the south side of the mountain in the Rogers Creek drainage that may provide easier access. I had read that the Rogers Creek FSR had been gated and locked in the past but wasn't mentioned in a TR from 2009
Since it was a Friday and I was going alone I decided to give it a try anyway, if it was locked my plan B was to do something off the Duffey,
The logging road I used is in the new clearcut directly below Cloudraker. The party in the other tr used the logging road to the east which climbs even higher.
The gate turned out to be open and there was a notice of mineral exploration in the area. Further up the road I passed a landing with boxes of core samples laid out everywhere and then a camp with a trailer and four large tents and a bunch of quads but didn't see anyone. I found the branch road that I had seen in GE and it was in good shape but very steep. I think I drove most of the way up in 4 low and in 1st gear. I was only expecting to get to 7 or 800m before hitting snow but surprisingly was able to get to 1150m and within a few hundreds meters of the end of the road.
After a short 100m hike through the clearcut I was in the old growth, and within 10 mins there was enough snow to put on the skis and start skinning up. The snow in the forest was pretty hard but softened up considerably as I skied above treeline at around 1700m. Although I was in a complete whiteout the route finding was straight forward, all I had to do was go up until I hit the southeast ridge. At 2150 m I ran into a small step where I ditched the skis and scrambled over, it doesn't look like much in the picture but there was a class 3 move with some exposure. Perhaps it's a lot easier when it's not covered in snow. The clouds started to break at this point and I just kicked steps the rest of the way up to the summit at 2385m. Fortunately the weather was clearing and I was afforded with views of higher distant peaks but not much in the immediate area.
Slalok Mountain, Mount Matier & Mount Howard
Nivalis Mountain & Mt Sir Richard
Mt James Turner & Wedge Mountain
Snow Pillow Peak
Unnamed peaks at the head of Rogers Creek
1200m elev gain, 4.25 hrs up, 1.5 hrs down
Most of the remaining clouds lifted as I descended, once back on skis I had a quick ski run back to treeline losing 600m in the spring wet cement. The snow in the forest was still very hard and I chose to just carry the skis and walk down. In retrospect I think snowshoes are probably better suited for this trip.
It wasn't that late in the day yet so I decided to drive a few km down the road and check out the Skookemchuck hot springs before heading back home.