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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-27-2016, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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I went out with Geoff Breckner to give him a hand on his massive project for a trail that goes from squamish to sechelt! It's almost completed and he's always looking for people to help him out. Anyways this trail also give access to Sigurd, Ossa, etc all those mountains in the area and the hike is a lot easier than the Sigurd trail. It's a nice 7km hike to pokosha pass and the elevation gain is spread across 7km which makes it super easy. The more traffic on there the better so the trail can get established. So go out and check it out! You have to drive down the squamish valley road and then once you hit the gravel turn left at the first bridge. Proceed to cross the next 2 bridge and then pass the sigurd trail head almost all the way towards the Old Ashlu Mine. Trail head N49* 56'03.00 W123* 24'04.57 . Theres a big grizzly near the top of pokosha pass so keep an eye out for him. He's been looking for food in the area lots of rocks and logs turned over. Unfortunately only 2 pictures as it rained on us for the 7 hours we were there. If you look closely at the second picture you can see the grizzly on the snow. Check it out this trail is awesome!


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-28-2016, 12:21 AM
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Squamish to sechelt eh? sign me up.. PM me.
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Squamish to sechelt eh? sign me up.. PM me.
Me too. I'm intrigued. A couple of us went over Sigurd and down to Phantom Lake about two or three years ago. I'd be interested in where this trail goes after you cross over the Tantalus Range. It's a long way from Pokosha to Sechelt. Would love to know the details and help out if possible.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 07-29-2016, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys. This isn't my project i'm only helping out so I don't have that much info on it. I know that it goes through pokosha pass then down by clowhom lake but i'm not too sure whats going on on the sechelt side. If you have Facebook you can look up Squamish to Sechelt and you should find the page where you can get lots of details. Lot's of guys working on it from both side so any help would be good to get this thing completed. You can PM me if you want me to put you in contact with geoff.
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Just a heads up for anyone who ventures out there. I went there yesterday and ran into that grizzly twice. He lives in that flat bushy area before you reach the top of Pokosha pass. I met him once when I was making my way up. I surprised him and he was pretty annoyed. He made a bunch of hard breathing noise with 2 little bluff charge and took off. I met him again on my way back and this time he just took off running. Both times he was maybe 20 feet away. I'm pretty sure it's the same bear I seen 2 months ago. Here's a few pictures of what it looks like making your way up to Pokosha Pass. It takes less than 2 hours to reach the pass. I'm thinking this could be a faster approach to Ossa and Pelion? Apparently theres a flag route to leads to Ossa when you reach the pass but I haven't checked it out yet







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Unless I'm mistaken , this trail is the same as the one that goes to Coin Lake(or whatever that lake is named- on the standard route up to Jimmy Jimmy), but rather than going up to the lake, continues to the end of the valley. Would you mind posting a gps track here? This might be a gentler approach to Sigurd lakes as well
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Just a heads up for anyone who ventures out there. I went there yesterday and ran into that grizzly twice. He lives in that flat bushy area before you reach the top of Pokosha pass. I met him once when I was making my way up. I surprised him and he was pretty annoyed. He made a bunch of hard breathing noise with 2 little bluff charge and took off. I met him again on my way back and this time he just took off running. Both times he was maybe 20 feet away. I'm pretty sure it's the same bear I seen 2 months ago. Here's a few pictures of what it looks like making your way up to Pokosha Pass.
epic Grizz habitat ... the rainy River herd of Roosevelt elk also ventures into that area, Did you see any elk sign?

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vdg you are correct it's the same start for both trails. Heres 3 pictures of the same area with different zoom. Waypoint 1 and 2 is where the grizzly is hanging out. Waypoint 8 would be the parking. 13 is just past the bridge going across the squamish river. xj6response I haven't seen any signs of elk yet... but it'd be hard to see. The area is extremely bushy and that section of trail has only been cleared for a few weeks. There's definitely a lot of animal trails when your bushwhacking in there.



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Yes, you use Pokosha Pass trail to access Coin Lake -- see https://forums.clubtread.com/27-briti...osha-coin.html

Pokosha Pass trail was another "stoked project"; he's been trying to establish alternative access to Sigurd Lake; not sure at what stage is it now. See his bcmc report of few years ago

https://bcmc.ca/m/articles/view/Poko...Inaugural-Trip
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I was talking to Geoff the other day and he said Paul's route was flagged with green tape right by a pond at the top of the pass and then marked with orange squares in rock. There was a few guys clearing the trail on the other side of the pass towards clowhom lake last week. Geoff and I cleared the last stretch to the top of the pass a few weeks ago. I tried making my way towards ossa the other day but ended up on super steep bushy terrain and had to bail. I wasn't aware of Paul's route at the time I might give it a try next week. We're planning an overnight trip on the 29th to go work on the part of the trail to clowhom lake if anyone is interested.
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Also I forgot to mention, someone named Vance ran the whole trail a few days ago and he uploaded a gps track file on Facebook . https://www.facebook.com/groups/504418983039420/files/ squis2sun.gpx is the file. I think he ran the whole thing in 13 hours.
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That'd be Vance Culbert, only living person to have skiied the whole Coast Mts from Vancouver to Alaska in a single push.
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That'd be Vance Culbert, only living person to have skiied the whole Coast Mts from Vancouver to Alaska in a single push.
Dick Culbert's son, I believe? He's another legend of BC mountaineering.

That expedition should be made into a movie. It makes hiking the Pacific Crest Trail look pale by comparison.
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