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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-06-2013, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Been awhile since I've posted a trip report here, but I thought I'd share a bit of what we've been up to.

We'd been craving a bit of a getaway to some fresh air and escape from the city, and the long weekend combined with our daughter's 7 month "birthday" combined with cooler temperatures made for a great excuse. It would be her second overnighter, the first being extremely fun for everyone.

After discussing the options we decided on Downton - it was an area that was on my list to explore and the trail seemed relatively easy. Another trip report with a little one in the area sealed the deal - and we were off!

The area is incredibly beautiful, Lillooet does not disappoint.



I imagine quite a few people might find it strange to have a little one in the back country, but it's no different than any other trip - go at the pace of the newest hiker in the group, take lots of breaks, and make sure everyone has lots of fun. About halfway up we stopped in the meadows for a snack and to investigate the flora.



We could see (and hear) some storm clouds rolling in, so we continued on our way towards the lake. The last 15-20 minutes were pretty wet, but we prepared accordingly - made it to the lake, quickly set up camp and everyone was dry and happy in the tent. The newbie hiker laughed and laughed about the rain, and thought the sound of the storm on the tent was hillarious! Definitely from BC



The next morning the sky was blue and cloudless, so we set off on a casual wander up the meadows to check out a few other small lakes and tarns. Had lunch at the second lake and lazed around the meadows some more, played near the tarns (not in them!).



Tons of fun! Can't wait to explore more of the area in the future.
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Great to finally see a trip report from you three! What a cutie - congrats [^]
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Adorable! Congratulations Mom and Dad!
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Awesome! We should do a trip with a bunch of families
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The newbie hiker laughed and laughed about the rain, and thought the sound of the storm on the tent was hillarious!
Too freakin' cute!
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Shadowchaser Jr! Nice to see a report from you and congrats on being a new dad !
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Awesome pictures. My parents hauled me up mountains when I was young too. It's not strange at all! I'll have to explore that area next. Diggin the cowboy hat man!
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Nice work. Get her out as much as you can while she's portable!
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So cute!! Thanks for sharing
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Thanks for the report and pics. We have also been looking for some high trailheads to get to the alpine with the little one. This is very inspiring and looks like a great trip. Can you please tell if the info on the trail wiki is current and what the condition of the road is?
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Thanks for the report and pics. We have also been looking for some high trailheads to get to the alpine with the little one. This is very inspiring and looks like a great trip. Can you please tell if the info on the trail wiki is current and what the condition of the road is?
Road to the trailhead is in good condition, a couple of wide cross ditches and that's about it. I took a Ford Escape 4x4, but anything with a bit of clearance should be fine.

The wiki data is just stubbed, I might toss some data in later but I'd also recommend picking up either the "Scrambles in SW BC" or "Canyon to Alpine: Lillooet Hiking Guide" books - both have entries for it. Follow Downton FSR to roughly 10-11 km, take "Branch 2" (right), follow it to the parking area. You'll see a "Trail" sign in the replanted forest on the right. 2.8km one way to the lake, 350m gain.
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Thanks very much !
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Awesome! [:-)]
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Great TR! Taking such a young camper is impressive knowing how much preparatory effort is involved even in taking older kids! Great photos of the little one.
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