An epic day in light rain & snow...
Paul and I had mutual day free only on Sunday (today), and we were looking for hike where rain would be minimal. Picked Manning Park, Dewdney or Ford Mtn. Never found the flagged route referenced in the CT reports. Backed track from Dry Lake back to the Whatcom/Dewdney trail junction. From there we hiked to Snass Pass a further 9.5 km (odometer)...Trail is snowfree until just before the creek crossing, 1.5 km south of Snass Pass.
We had lunch there and opted not to head up the snowy slopes of Snass, turned around and headed back.
Stats: 3-3/4 hours from TH to Snass Pass
2-3/4 hours from Snass Pass to TH
1/2 hour spent on Dewndey search to Dry lake... Total distance 21 km (gps) 25 km (odometer). Elevation gain 1000 meters.
Note the Dewdney trail is in good shape with some blowdown; Whatcom trail appears to have had no maintenance for at least four years. numerous blowdowns, and some from the last storm. For the hike had to cross over close to 40 fallen trees.
Snass pass is at 1775 meters elevation, TH at near 745 meters.
Weather saw a little spotty rain, then ice pellets and snow in the Snass Pass area. temperature at -1'C. Got cold so did hang around no more than 40 minutes.
Trailhead, point of interest sign about 1860 Dewdney Trail.
Starting on the trail, into the forest:
Creek, with water flow by trees.
Ancient bridge, probably built in the late 1800's all decayed.
Forest up from near Dry Lake.
DRY LAKE, when attempting to find the ribbon flagging up to Mt. Dewdney, failed to find.
This trail sign at the Dewdney/ Whatcom Trail Fork, go right and down to cross creek to follow Whatcom Trail. right past lower bridge, immediate huge pile of blow down to scramble over.
Some weird red lichen on the ground...
Lots of SLIDE ALDER along the trail.
VIEW towards the mountains to the south, good open area ...
At 1550 meter level, meadow area after we crossed a bridge just 1 km west of Snass Pass.
VIEW OF PUNCHBOWL LAKE from SNASS PASS, where we had lunch before turning around...
VIEW Towards the peak adjacent and east of Snass Mountain
ALONG THIS SLOPE, sidehill to get to SNASS MOUNTAIN & SUMMIT... 1775 Meters elevation at this point. further 550 meters elevation gain to summit if you want to continue..