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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-21-2017, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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March 19, 2017 - With forecasts for clear skies in the afternoon, I decided to check out the views on the large knoll on the south west leg of burke ridge, above the Coquitlam lakeview viewpoint. I began by following the Coquitlam Lakeview route along the old washed out logging road across Coho creek, and up the steep new trail which eventually reconnects to the old road at 800m elevation. Where the trail reconnects to the road, I went to the right up an old logging road spur instead of sticking to the flat Lakeview route on the left. I got to the top of the branch and headed into the bush on the left, and maneuvered my way up to the top of the old cutblock. Although it was a bit annoying having thick trees, they helped me pull my way up steep sections, and to avoid dicey exposed areas, which were plentiful. I ended up on a bump at the top of the cutblock, which had great views of Coquitlam lake, as well as the city below.












I also got a good view of the 2 old west-facing ski runs, which I checked out the views from earlier this winter.



I then headed into the old growth, over the top of the knoll and down the north slope, where I got to a very nice viewpoint, which I had found on google earth. It was a great overlook of Ore Valley and underlook of Burke ridge from the south summit to Widgeon peak to Coquitlam mountain.







I then headed over the top of the knoll and up to Ted Kay lake, before quickly dropping back to the gun club. At around 1100m by Hourglass lake and Ted Kay lake, I found ~3 different very large cylindrical holes that dropped from the surface of the snow to the ground level, likely due to recent rains (and expanding treewells). The one pictured below was around 15 feet deep. Impressive, but a serious hazard, so everyone out there make sure to watch your step!




Overall it was a nice trip, and good navigation practice. This was the route.

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Lots of nice pictures.
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Looks like a nice, close to home exploration!
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Looks like there's some fantastic views from up there. That giant tree well is freaky! What was the approximate elevation of the snow line in that area if you don't mind me asking?
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I started to see snow around 550/600m, and the snow was continuous around 700m. There were definitely some dicey holes around creeks and lakes at 1000+ meters (to my surprise). Just make sure to keep an eye out and be aware.
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Like your photo display; cool shot of that small tree in that circular snow pit.

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I started to see snow around 550/600m, and the snow was continuous around 700m. There were definitely some dicey holes around creeks and lakes at 1000+ meters (to my surprise). Just make sure to keep an eye out and be aware.
Awesome, thanks!
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