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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2014, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Default Seven Sisters via Oliver Creek Trail

Pictures: http://www.myalbum.ca/Album=YKQTUJHL

My girlfriend and I hiked Oliver Creek trail, a remote trail
in northern BC used to access the Seven Sisters, approximately 40km west of the Kitwanga gas station, or 50km east of Terrace. The trail hard was really easy to miss and quite over grown,
but there is a blue sign to look out for.



The trail is quite long (17km and 1500m elevation gain) and mostly through sub alpine forest.
We passed through a newish trappers cabin on a lake at the 7Km marker and started a small fire to help subdue the mosquitos.




Finally after 16.5km, or 99.5% of the trail, we actually got out of the tree line and started
to get some beautiful views. Set up camp in a beautiful alpine meadow over looking the mountains.
The feeling of remoteness is really something special out here.


The following day we woke up to clear skies and a cool morning. After some oatmeal and coffee we set
out to gain the ridge and possibly scramble up one of the peaks.


It was a tough and steep scree slog up to the ridge but it was still doable. Once we gained the ridge
we got some unreal views of the glaciers on the back side of the Seven Sisters.



From this point my girlfriend set up shop for a nap on the ridge and I set out to scramble up the peak
on the left side of this picture.


I climbed as high as I could, after a couple of 5.5-5.6 pitches the climbing was getting harder and more
exposed. As this area is not a place you want to mess up, I stopped just short of the peak I was aiming for.
The views were spectacular and the down climbing wasn't too bad.



I returned to my napping girlfriend and we headed back to our hotel in the sky. We spent one more night up there
and packed up and left the following morning before the clouds let loose on us.


The trip up took us around 6 hours and the trip down took about 4 at a good pace.


Any questions about a future trip, let me know!



Sorry guys it won't let me link the pics individually here is the link to album : http://www.myalbum.ca/Album=YKQTUJHL
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2014, 10:17 PM
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Thanks for the local TR.
Keep 'em coming.
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 07-31-2014, 12:43 AM
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Amazing timing! Just yesterday I was reminiscing about this area and did a search on CT to see what I could find .. nothing. Then this morning your TR was at the top of the list!

I did a lot of climbing up here back in the 70s as a young boy with my dad. We made numerous trips but never saw a soul. IIRC, the Oliver Creek trail is quite long and ends up in the alpine near peak #7. I only hiked it once but I remember it being a nice trail. We always took a more direct route starting further east on the Hwy, going up a logging road ending in an old miners camp. This provided easy access to #2, the tallest peak of the group, which we summitted, and also #3, which we never managed.

Your photos sum it up as I remember it, always overcast and having to wait out the weather for a chance to climb.

Thanks for the memories!
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 08-05-2016, 03:45 AM
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I have posted a new TR for the same hike, with some photos:

https://forums.clubtread.com/27-briti...cted-area.html

We really appreciated this report from Isnider, so thanks for the beta!
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