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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-13-2015, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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September 12/13, 2015

The gate just off of Chilliwack River Road was open, so we were able to drive quite a ways (about 1 km past 2nd bridge up the valley) up Center Creek FSR. You'll have to be okay with serious pinstriping if you want to drive further than that second bridge. The rest of the road hasn't changed much since the major renovations two years ago, other than you are now rubbing shoulders with the alder.

Crossing the old cutblock was nasty with the wet fireweed spreading it's fluffy seeds. Hard to breathe with that stuff getting into my mouth and nose.

Made our way up the forested route and popped out into the colourful and swampy meadows.




Even four-leggers can be clumsy at times. She blamed it on slippery rocks. : )




Not much snow around these steep parts. Not terribly stable rock/soil either. The shade was nice.




Upper Hanging Lake from the 2000m elevation pass.






Just because...




Rocky landscape.




Looking down at Hanging Lake.




Nice place to chill out.




Sleeping quarters for the night.




Mt. Lindeman from the lake.




Lake level landscaping.




Lost the sun behind Hanging Lake Peak around 4:30. Very strong gusty winds were relentless, so we retreated early to the tent. She's starting to look old while sleeping.




Those very strong gusty winds were relentless all night long. Needless to say, I didn't sleep much. Thankfully it was a warm night, however.

Awoke to mild winds, but a lot of threatening clouds around. One of the best parts of overnighting is waking up to warm, blue skies, so we got skunked again. Mt. Lindeman was in the cards for this morning, but I didn't want to get caught in a rain storm up there, so we made quick work of breakfast and packing up, and high-tailed it out of there. Kept an eye on Mt. Lindeman as we descended to the meadows and it stayed clear of the clouds the whole time. Oh well.

Hanging Lake Peak in the morning.




Not a good place to have a clumsy moment. : )




The Rexford group as we aim for the car.




Didn't sit on any peaks, but I don't think Katie is complaining one bit...she lives for this sort of stuff. : )
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not many camp at upper hanging, nice one.
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Nice to see this report, John . well done. and thanks for the condition report.

Those meadows are nice. Last time skipped Upper Hanging Lake to summit Lindemann. Would love to get close with this lake sometime. that could be a long while.

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Beautiful shot of that meadow! Looks like a nice hike this time of year.
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Beautiful shot of that meadow! Looks like a nice hike this time of year.
You have great taste in pictures...that shot is one of my favourites of the trip.

Thanks guys and girl. : )
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Thanks for giving us an update on the access, it's been a few years in between. Brings back the memories of our trip together in 2012.
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Never been up there but have always wanted to hike it. I will have to look at a few maps to figure out where you parked.
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Thanks for giving us an update on the access, it's been a few years in between. Brings back the memories of our trip together in 2012.
Really, that was 3 years ago. I thought it was two. I was pleased to see I soaked in so much of the route you led me on, as I was worried I was just blindly following you. We did make a few errors once past the fireweed on the way up, but we got up.


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Never been up there but have always wanted to hike it. I will have to look at a few maps to figure out where you parked.
That mess of trees just before the 1st bridge has been completely cleared up. As well, all the waterbars have been leveled out all the way to the 2nd bridge, which I believe is around the 750-800m level. We drove a little under a km past the 2nd bridge, but the alders are closing in (lots of pinstriping; it's an old car). You'll need a high clearance 4x4 to go much further than that.
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Love the color of the lake.
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Really, that was 3 years ago. I thought it was two. I was pleased to see I soaked in so much of the route you led me on, as I was worried I was just blindly following you. We did make a few errors once past the fireweed on the way up, but we got up.


That mess of trees just before the 1st bridge has been completely cleared up. As well, all the waterbars have been leveled out all the way to the 2nd bridge, which I believe is around the 750-800m level. We drove a little under a km past the 2nd bridge, but the alders are closing in (lots of pinstriping; it's an old car). You'll need a high clearance 4x4 to go much further than that.
Perfect so I may be able to get up there with my 2x4 hatchback then! Does anyone have GPS data for the hike?
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Perfect so I may be able to get up there with my 2x4 hatchback then! Does anyone have GPS data for the hike?
RamblingBull has a good topo map of his track a few years ago. I'm not sure where on this site he posted it, however.

Here is our track from where you leave the lower road. Identifiable trail and well marked to and, for a short distance, above the upper road. Once in the cutblock, there is no trail and the flagging is hit and miss. Once out of the cutblock, there is some flagging, but it is intermittent and the trail is faint. We hit a big mess of blowdowns and lost the marked route. Ended up crossing the creek lower (1360m) than the marked route (1410m) and then ended up ascending boulders to the meadows too far south of the creek. We returned via the marked route below meadows. Don't ask me why our signal jumped to MacDonald just before hitting the meadows on descent.

Pic #2 is from the meadows to the lake. Pretty straight-forward. Basically follow the main creek.
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RamblingBull has a good topo map of his track a few years ago. I'm not sure where on this site he posted it, however.

Here is our track from where you leave the lower road. Identifiable trail and well marked to and, for a short distance, above the upper road. Once in the cutblock, there is no trail and the flagging is hit and miss. Once out of the cutblock, there is some flagging, but it is intermittent and the trail is faint. We hit a big mess of blowdowns and lost the marked route. Ended up crossing the creek lower (1360m) than the marked route (1410m) and then ended up ascending boulders to the meadows too far south of the creek. We returned via the marked route below meadows. Don't ask me why our signal jumped to MacDonald just before hitting the meadows on descent.

Pic #2 is from the meadows to the lake. Pretty straight-forward. Basically follow the main creek.

Thanks! Now I just need a decent weekend!
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Beautiful!!looking for a hike this weekend and may have to give this a try. Do you recall how long is it to the lake? and then to the Lindemann summit? ( I know you didn't get to the summit, but from the pics, it looks close.but pics can be deceiving lol)
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