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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-23-2015, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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It's no secret that the lower levels of Whistler's hills experienced a very light snowpack this past winter. This has led to a number of good hikes in early season.

We've been up Cougar Mountain three times from the Welcome to Whistler (North) sign in the past two weeks. Almost entirely snow-free to the eastern summits and not too buggy. Get it before the bugs hatch!

Comfortably Numb is extremely dry for the season. Most small meltwater streams are non-existent and this can lead to water issues. Last Thursday, temps hit 31C on the bluffs and on the southern half of the route there were no creeks at all.

Lower 19 Mile is currently snow-free to the Flank and Upper 19 Mile is snowfree til just below the first climax avalanche meadow. Fast travel on a good surface. Windfalls have been removed. We are in the process of re-directing traffic on the lower part of Lower 19 Mile from Mountain View Place, as a home is being built on property part way up the trail. Markers should be in place by next weekend to indicate the new work-around. 19 Mile Creek has come up to seasonal levels in the past week, with 3400m freezing levels and lots of snow up high melting...

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Wow these are epic times with the early hiking season and low snow.

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It's no secret that the lower levels of Whistler's hills experienced a very light snowpack this past winter. This has led to a number of good hikes in early season.

We've been up Cougar Mountain three times from the Welcome to Whistler (North) sign in the past two weeks. Almost entirely snow-free to the eastern summits and not too buggy. Get it before the bugs hatch!
We've had a few good early season hikes in the whistler area as well. The Cougar Mtn trailhead, is that off the same road to the ziplines and the ancient cedars trail?

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xj6response, the trail we used for the east summits is straight-up from the "Welcome to Whistler" sign just east of the heliport. A bit more elevation gain, but a very nice route just the same. Believe I posted the trip beta a few years ago on this site...

The Ancient Cedars Trail leads to the Newt Lake Trail, but then the routefinding is tricky for the summits. We don't have a good route flagged there yet...

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xj6response, the trail we used for the east summits is straight-up from the "Welcome to Whistler" sign just east of the heliport. A bit more elevation gain, but a very nice route just the same. Believe I posted the trip beta a few years ago on this site...

The Ancient Cedars Trail leads to the Newt Lake Trail, but then the routefinding is tricky for the summits. We don't have a good route flagged there yet...
Must give that try. Haven't seen any good map or GPX track of the route up Cougar mountain but always been intrigued by it

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I should probably post the map and instructions again. There's a couple of areas that could be confusing...
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I should probably post the map and instructions again. There's a couple of areas that could be confusing...
We'd be most grateful for that. Thx much

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The bridge crossing Gin & Tonic creek was in when we hiked into Rainbow Lake today. I guess maybe they put it in for the Memorial day long weekend? There's still snow up in the meadows but it was fine without snowshoes and it seems to be melting out fast.

I've also done trips into Garibaldi and Joffre Lakes in the past couple weeks so I guess it's about time to raise my eyes towards some summits.
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ACC Whistler's new connector trail in the Skywalk System, Kevin's Home Run, has been open to the public for two weeks now. The trail's lower terminus is just before the long bridge on the Upper 19 Mile Creek Trail and is clearly marked. The Upper Terminus is in Fault Pass just west of Screaming Cat Lake in the obvious pass with a fault scarp on its eastern flank. Again, the trail is signed. The entire trail is marked with reflectors, like the rest of the system and is works its way through a variety of old growth forests in an area that clears of snow earlier in the season than the Upper 19 Mile Creek Trail.

With the help of the RMOW, signage is being added to the system that is consistent with Whistler's Wayfinding Program. Trail names, elevation, etc. will be find now and then on 4X4 signposts at junctions along the route.

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ACC Whistler's new connector trail in the Skywalk System, Kevin's Home Run, has been open to the public for two weeks now. The trail's lower terminus is just before the long bridge on the Upper 19 Mile Creek Trail and is clearly marked. The Upper Terminus is in Fault Pass just west of Screaming Cat Lake in the obvious pass with a fault scarp on its eastern flank. Again, the trail is signed. The entire trail is marked with reflectors, like the rest of the system and is works its way through a variety of old growth forests in an area that clears of snow earlier in the season than the Upper 19 Mile Creek Trail.

With the help of the RMOW, signage is being added to the system that is consistent with Whistler's Wayfinding Program. Trail names, elevation, etc. will be find now and then on 4X4 signposts at junctions along the route.
Fantastic work on this one Mitch! We hiked it a couple weeks ago (I believe right after it opened) and we loved it.
Even better said, fantastic work on the entire Skywalk System. Thank you to the entire team!
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