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Default Dewdney, Whatcom Trail to Snass Pass 05.22.16

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.
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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..



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Original content removed as this was a doubled up trip report, used to post my most recent trip to the Manning park area.

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Forest up from near Dry Lake.



DRY LAKE, when attempting to find the ribbon flagging up to Mt. Dewdney, failed to find.
I am pretty sure the very small and discreet rock cairn is just right of that cedar and out of picture. From there, you just have to start heading up and keep a sharp eye out for the occassional flag. The times we have gone up there, there was very little flagging and the 'trail' is very faint, if noticeable at all. Count on finding your own way for much of it.
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Ah, thank you John and Katie.

That is very helpful.

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A sad commentary on the lack of funding to BC Parks.
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A couple weekends ago we hiked to the 4.5km mark, then turned left to gain a narrow ridge a couple hundred metres above. This was followed all the way to the peak West of the pass (Snass W2). Not wanting to go back that way, we dropped down to the pass and out via the trail. Unfortunately, like you say, there hasn't been any clearing done on the Whatcom trail for a number of years.
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Hey K

where exactly is the trailhead for this one? Being a sunshine coast resident and prisoner of BC ferries we don't get that way often but want to do this one

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Susied, yes true and sad.

Tim, that diversion to the left sounds like a great idea to do a different route. Was it very steep heading down to the pass?

Xj6response.. the trailhead is where you see the sign "Snass Creek", it is east beyond the Outram trailhead which is near-on the west boundary of Manning Park. Snass Creek turnoff is on left beyond Sumallo Grove, and I think before Cayuse Creek Road turnoff. I recall seeing the blooming Rhodos in the forest to the right as we drove buy. I would guess maybe 3 to 5 km east from where you enter Manning Park on the Highway.

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Xj6response.. the trailhead is where you see the sign "Snass Creek", it is east beyond the Outram trailhead which is near-on the west boundary of Manning Park. I would guess maybe 3 to 5 km east from where you enter Manning Park on the Highway.

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Thanks Karl, that would be very helpful indeed. Looks like a great spot for an outing

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where exactly is the trailhead for this one? Being a sunshine coast resident and prisoner of BC ferries we don't get that way often but want to do this one
@xj6response The turnoff from the highway is marked with a sign that says "Cascade Recreation Area - BC Parks." In the E. C. Manning Map - North West (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/exp...=1464794611034), the parking area is just east of the Rhododendron Flats.
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@xj6response The turnoff from the highway is marked with a sign that says "Cascade Recreation Area - BC Parks." In the E. C. Manning Map - North West (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/exp...=1464794611034), the parking area is just east of the Rhododendron Flats.
excellent.... many thanks. Haven't spent time in Manning for decades. Looking forward to getting back that wonderful park

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