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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-08-2017, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Default Mount Killam Overnight May 6-7, 2017

Overnighted just above the main viewpoint on Mount Killam on Saturday night. The day started out with us heading towards the Skagit Valley to try to camp on the Skagit River trail starting from Silver-Skagit road TH, but the road was closed until 6 pm just after it turned to gravel (Police didn't say why).

Scrambled for a backup plan; we had been wanting to do Killam for awhile and so decided to head there despite the long drive. Ferry rides over were enjoyable and rather uneventful, except for multiple ATM's on the ferry and at Langdale malfunctioning for us.

Trail was in pretty good condition in general, few areas of deadfall, and easy to follow except for a few cases:
1) The infamous gravel pit branch point. We missed it initially and not sure if we would have found it without our GPS track, which allowed us to find it without too much searching. Couldn't find the sign that others had noted, but the entrance was flagged with quite a bit of white flagging.
2) Logging slash right after the gravel pit branch point has quite a few logs and debris on the flagged trail which took quite a bit of time climbing under/over. On the way back, we just short-cutted through the logged field rather than sticking right to the trail and felt like it cut some time and took less effort.

Lots of water in Whispering Creek when we crossed, so we filled up of our water bottles there. Quite a few little creeks up higher too, but would probably be unreliable soon when it heats up. Bit of a slog up with overnight packs, but totally worth it. Found a nice spot just at/above the viewpoint, pretty amazing views of Howe Sound Crest peaks, islands in Howe Sound and city of Vancouver as the sun set.

We wanted to relax, get a fire going and enjoy dinner, so saved the extra little jaunt to the peak for the morning. Not much to write home about at the peak. Previous reports I saw showed a summit register in the cairn but there didn't seem to be one there any more.

Trip back down to the dock was much quicker than the way up. Ran into the trail demon; he seemed to be squinting a bit, so I tried to help him out. Relaxing trip back to Langdale and then Horseshoe Bay. Side note: Wheatberries Bakery at the Langdale terminal is awesome if you're looking for a good meal, dessert or coffee.
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Enjoyable report, and a fun read of your adventure. Looks quite a nice hike, and you guys fully enjoyed the trail, island, views, and dthe nature experience.

Thanks for sharing.

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This brings some sweet memories; will always remember that tree monster! Seems he found new sunglasses in the meantime
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Looks like good times. Thanks for posting the gpx track for those interested.
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Great pictures! Like to get out there this summer and check it out. How close was the water source to where you ended up camping?
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Thanks for the comments everyone, it was a great trip!

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The last small stream was probably 45-60 minutes from the top but we had read previous reports of not much water around at all, so we were prepared to pack all of our water up. I think the minor streams will likely be dry in a month or so, but Whispering Creek (where we filled up) looks like it should be fairly reliable and is around 2 hours from top; unfortunately it's before quite a bit of the elevation gain (I think 450-500 m below the viewpoint). If you do go, I had some extra firewood that I cut, so leaned it up against a tree to try to keep it dry if anyone else happens to find it and wants to use it.

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excellent shots. we're down south but once we get back we'll head on back up to Killam. Haven't been there for two years.

There is another trail from the end of the West Bay road that intersects the original. It means a walk over to west bay then a hoof along the new trail to the original trail It's a nicer route avoiding the woodlot licence and the gravel pit confusion. check it out here:

https://forums.clubtread.com/27-briti...trail-run.html

BTW, did you see if the geo cache is still under the rock at the summit?

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excellent shots. we're down south but once we get back we'll head on back up to Killam. Haven't been there for two years.

There is another trail from the end of the West Bay road that intersects the original. It means a walk over to west bay then a hoof along the new trail to the original trail It's a nicer route avoiding the woodlot licence and the gravel pit confusion. check it out here:

https://forums.clubtread.com/27-briti...trail-run.html

BTW, did you see if the geo cache is still under the rock at the summit?
Thanks! Yes, I saw that report, logistics for the original route seemed easier so we stuck with that. I turned over a couple rocks at the summit cairn looking for the register but didn't find it or the geocache. Could've just missed them though, too. Make sure you post some pics when you head up!

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