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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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May 20, 2013

Today's trip was with a party of three to the Flora Lake Trail. We saw more wildlife on Chilliwack Lake Road on the drive in than on the hike itself; first a bear crossed the road in front of us (near Allison Pool, I think), then several deer some time later.

Hiking started around 6am and we reached the ridge overlooking Flora Lake (just south of the pass) by 10:15. On the way we made an attempt at the ridge west of Flora Peak, but called it off due to the slippery frozen snow on the slope. Overall, the trail conditions were very good, with minimal snow before the bowl. We met only three other people; Lindeman Lake drew the masses today, judging by the number cars lining the road when we got back!

Not sure of the stats on this one, probably around 10-12 km and 7-8 hrs return. Max elevation ~1800m and non-cumulative gain ~1180m.


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Mountain shots on the way up


Chilliwack Lake


Approaching the ridge


Flora Peak


Looking back toward Williams Peak


View from the ridge toward the lake


Flora Lake, frozen over


View down the ridge toward Flora Peak

Ridge panorama (83+ MP): http://www.360cities.net/image/flora...ge-view-canada
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Well done. I really like that destination. Thanks for the conditions update!
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Nice hike and pics! did you attempt hiking down to Flora? I think its pretty steep down there and may not be the easiest in the snow.
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@exscape: Thanks - it is a great spot!

@Chaz: No, we didn't try continuing to the lake; it didn't seem worth it to lose all that elevation just to see the lake up close (and we probably wouldn't have had enough time since we had to be back at the car fairly early). I imagine it could be difficult in the current conditions, particularly trying to follow the trail.
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A beautiful area, considering getting up to the ridge/col and then doing a ridge hike to the right (south) and to the east of Flora Lake all the way. Simon did this a few years ago.

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These pictures have me wanting to revisit the pass asap now. Thanks for sharing!
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A beautiful area, considering getting up to the ridge/col and then doing a ridge hike to the right (south) and to the east of Flora Lake all the way. Simon did this a few years ago.

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Are you talking to Wittenburg, Karvitk, or continuing along to Paleface? I've been pondering both for several years now and have a nice route in mind for the former, with a few return route options, just need to do it one day.
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A beautiful area, considering getting up to the ridge/col and then doing a ridge hike to the right (south) and to the east of Flora Lake all the way. Simon did this a few years ago.

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Are you talking to Wittenburg, Karvitk, or continuing along to Paleface? I've been pondering both for several years now and have a nice route in mind for the former, with a few return route options, just need to do it one day.
I was thinking Wittenburg, to the east side of Flora along the ridge to a tower.

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Thanks for the report on one of my favorite hikes in the CRV.

Karl and Kelsey: I've been wanting to head out to the Wittenburg Tower as well. Let me know when you're making that trip and maybe I can join you.
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Thanks for the report on one of my favorite hikes in the CRV.

Karl and Kelsey: I've been wanting to head out to the Wittenburg Tower as well. Let me know when you're making that trip and maybe I can join you.
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Sounds great, perhaps we should plan and set a date for this >
What are your thoughts Kelsey ?
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Could you elaborate further on the snow line? At what elevation does it begin? You wrote there is minimal snow below the bowl - does it mean you can get to the ridge without crampons, or am I way off? Thanks!
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Could you elaborate further on the snow line? At what elevation does it begin? You wrote there is minimal snow below the bowl - does it mean you can get to the ridge without crampons, or am I way off? Thanks!
Can't remember exactly, but I think the snow line would have been somewhere around 1500-1600m, maybe higher. Crampons would probably come in handy if you want to head up to the ridge west of the peak; I went up a little ways in boots and the snow is pretty hard and frozen (at least early in the morning). Here are a few photos of what it looked like above the trail heading up toward the ridge:



Of course, it could have changed a lot in the meantime.
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Love the Flora Lake/Peak trail! Great photos. I have only done it during the summer months. Really neat to see all that snow. Thanks for sharing!
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