There are a few past trip reports on Clubtread (thanks) which had put these peaks near the top of the list for this year. Plans to get them done last week fell through, but it turned out to be a blessing as the views this week were incredible with fresh snow.
2 of us met at Vedder Crossing at 7:30. They are paving along Chilliwack Lake Road which caused a minor delay. Got to the trailhead and were on our way at 8:45. At the trailhead, I debated wearing my light summer hiking shoes, but ended up putting on my heavy winter boots and gaiters which ended up being the right choice. Soon the views opened up and we could see a decent amount of new snow at higher elevations. There is a hornet nest on the trail shortly before it starts to drop toward airplane creek, but they didn't bother us as we walked by. The hike up after the creek crossing was steep, as expected, but not that bad... I did Goat/Porcupine last week which was similarly steep, but less enjoyable.
Trailhead and poster for missing hiker
Views ahead from the well-marked trail
We referred to the description in the Scrambles book as the trail became less distinct or non-existent. Took the left side of a gully/stream up to a basin where the views really opened up and we could see our route ahead. Decided to go around the left side of the lake as we made our way between Munday and Stewart. There was a quick discussion as to whether we would go for Stewart, or just do Baby Munday and Knight. We figured we had plenty of time and the conditions were good to get the 3 done.
Came around the near side of this lake...
Crossed on snow under Stewart and ascended from right side
Looking back to Baby Munday (North Peak is inline with boot prints) with Knight behind right
View toward Foley, Welch, The Still
Baby Munday, Knight, Lady, Cheam peaks from Stewart
The snow made the ascent of Stewart a little sketchy, but overall that day the snow made for better views and easier travel on scree. Didn't spend too much time on Stewart. Took an hour to descend Stewart and reach the north summit of Baby Munday.
View towards Baby Munday on descent from Stewart with our track below. We are heading for the gap just above the snow patch to the left of Baby Munday North
Jones Lake taken on route to Baby Munday from Stewart
Looking back at Stewart
Summit selfie on Baby Munday North with true summit behind
Amazing views from Baby Munday!
5 minutes or so on top to take a few photos and admire the views. Not a lot of room up there for a lunch break, so we headed down towards Knight.
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Anyway, descent from Baby Munday was fairly quick on snow, but had to be careful of exposed rocks. The ascent of Knight was a slog on talus/scree and was easiest where there was the most snow cover. Took a good long lunch break on Knight and headed down under the south side of Baby Munday to meet our up-track and complete the loop. Found a couple of old animal bones (deer or goat possibly) under Baby Munday which was a little unnerving knowing that a hiker went missing in that area just over a month ago. The rest of hike out was quick with a bit of rain starting 10 minutes before we made it back to the trailhead around 6:30.