Sent out a bunch of invites for a mid week hike, but as usual it's tough to find people. Me and BurnabyRich had been in contact a few weeks back for a possible trip but it didn't pan out, but this time he decided to put work on the backburner and join me on this trip. We haven't hiked together before but that's the beauty of CT and the trip reports section. He showed up in a nice big comfy quad cab pickup and offered to drive so I was all over that offer.
I decided on this mountain because of the latest TR that Guntis had put up and how nice it looked. It didn't disappoint.
The Hurley is still bumpy and slow going, once we turned off onto our FSR road, same one for access to Chipmunk Peak , it's good travel to the 7km mark where we take a left at the fork. The remaining 5km has waterbars but none were too deep and is overgrown and you will get some pin striping, his big ass 4x4 pickup got the west coast treatment package.
We never did find the flagging at the start, the forest was quite wet, slipping right away as we descended to cross the creeks, I led us alittle more South than was needed, so we soon corrected and intersected the faint trail that takes you to the pass. We over shot the trail that leads you towards Beaujolais and were heading towards Brown Molar and Canine instead. It didn't take long to notice so pulled a quick U-Turn on got back on track.
40 minutes later we are out of the trees and starting to get some views. Brown Molar and Canine.
From here we side skirt the shoulder and soon as we clear it, we are welcomed with a beautiful golden meadow to side hill across, with our peak off in the distance. Quite the change from the lush green that it normally is.
Very nice easy mellow terrain for us to hike up, with us aiming for the left hand skyline, no major wildlife just some marmots yelling at us, in the basin we decide to take our first snack break.
We start working our way up the ridge as per the the Scramble book route and got a look at the "crux" of the trip
It's a shame it's so short because the rock is very grippy, plenty of foot and hand holds, enough exposure to keep you focused. A very enjoyable section. Rich on the lower portion and then the upper portion.
We are almost at the top now, and I spot a chimney that heads straight to the summit. Very blocky, stiff class 3 but if the rocks good might as well have some fun up there and climb up it is how we viewed it.
Next thing you know we are ontop shaking hands and taking in the views on a bluebird day with not a cloud in sight.
Guntis mentioned a loop, I like loop trips, Rich likes loops as well, so we decided to take the other ridge down. Dueling cameras with our up and down ridge behind us.
There were a few spots we could have dropped off to the right to hook up with our route in the basin, but Rich was enjoying the ridge walk and we had time and daylight on our side so we actaully ended up following it to it's very end until we decided to descend off it to head over to the meadows.
One last bit of uphill through the meadows required abit of work, scouted out some trees to enjoy whatever shade we could find since we had none the whole day. Hooked up with the trail through the forest, found 3 pink flags at the very end that take you to a cross ditch with a drain sticking out of it about 40ft ABOVE of where we parked.
We both had coolers with ice cold beers but he offered up some of his AND even remembered a bag of chips. Solid hiking partner for sure and good to finally meet him.