October 24, 2015
Or faces full of bush, if you like. : )
A revisit to Mt. Corriveau via the NW ridge to see what it is like completely free of snow, and to see what kind of day-hike shape we are in. We gave it a try last Sunday, but turned around just above 1600m. Ya, just when we were free of all the thick bush, but we were completely soaked from the saturated bush and the light breeze above the tree cover didn't mix well with that. Being in the thick of the clouds didn't help in motivating us forward either.
Gave it another go today, and while the car was covered in morning moisture, the entire NW ridge up was bone dry. So nice. All the leaves are off the bush, so that was a big help too. Nowhere near as bad as our trips up in early summer, or I am just more accustomed to nasty bushwhacking now. Even a fairly well defined wildlife trail above the trees, although intermittent.
Done with the bush, and nose to the groundstone. Rexford group in the background.
Pleasant upper ridge travel.
Looking down to Center Creek from the ridge summit. Vegetation seems to be having a tough time recovering from a fire.
Remaining ridge leading to Mt. MacDonald.
Williams, Northgraves and Goat (aka Porcupine).
Rexford group of peaks, Slesse, and John & Katie.
The Cheam range of peaks.
Taking time to smell the roses? No, taking time to beat up another stick.
After a windless and warm summit lunch, we begin our return and enjoy the much easier descent of the thick and steep bush.
About 5'6" above the ground...kitty or teddy bear?
"Where is the damn rope!?" Much steeper that it looks in picture.
Short and steep. More of a marked route than a trail. Very thick bush between 1300m and 1600m. A few very steep sections. I leave the poles behind for this one because the forest is dense, so there is always a tree or two to haul yourself up. Plus, you'll need your hands through the bushy parts. Poles strapped to the pack will take a beating through the bush.
You can drive (2 wdr) right to the trailhead now.