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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-25-2017, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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The Chipmunk Creek rd has deteriorated some more this winter making for a long bumpy ride. But you can drive to the parking lot! The snow starts at the end of the old road dropping into Spoon Valley. There was less snow than I expected and it was very good to travel on. Made it to the top in 2 1/2 hours...the trip down was about 1 1/2 hours.
Saw about 50 people on the trail which was surprising
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Beautiful shots around Cheam for the day. Note photo uploading is now so much easier than it was one or two years ago, if you want to give it a try.

Interesting that meadow area has lots of snow, yet the slope above in your picture is clean.

I wonder about the shape of Spoon Lake, could it be avalanches hitting the lake are an annual event..?

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Yeehaw. This looks great. I was planning on going there this Wednesday and was worried there would be too much snow, but it looks good from your pictures. Was up at St. Marks peak two days ago and was amazed how much snow there was. Is the trail fairly obvious to Spoon lake and up to the slopes above?
Thanks for posting along with the great pictures.
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The trail is very obvious because of all the traffic
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Hi Karl! Spoon lake is a snow avalanche impact landform.
I have seen it at the end of the season full of mud and almost gone and the next year it is good as new again!
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Brilliant! Love the pics and timely info you provided. That's a must do this summer. Fifty people on the trail? Whoa ... Hiking is new 'thing', I suppose, which is fine as long as we don't have to put up with old guys wearing spandex leotards.

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Think I'm gonna try this one out this upcoming Sunday. Thanks for the report!
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The Chipmunk Creek rd has deteriorated some more this winter making for a long bumpy ride. But you can drive to the parking lot! The snow starts at the end of the old road dropping into Spoon Valley. There was less snow than I expected and it was very good to travel on. Made it to the top in 2 1/2 hours...the trip down was about 1 1/2 hours.
Saw about 50 people on the trail which was surprising
http://www.flickr.com/photos/1277206...57683391506870
Is it doable with hiking shoes only?
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The Chipmunk Creek rd has deteriorated some more this winter making for a long bumpy ride. But you can drive to the parking lot! The snow starts at the end of the old road dropping into Spoon Valley. There was less snow than I expected and it was very good to travel on. Made it to the top in 2 1/2 hours...the trip down was about 1 1/2 hours.
Saw about 50 people on the trail which was surprising
http://www.flickr.com/photos/1277206...57683391506870
Are you referring to the de activated logging road going from Chipmunk creed road up to Mt. Cheam ? It was 4x4 only when I last did it 10 years ago, can only imagine how bad it is now!!!
I saw a youtube video of a Honda Pilot trying to get up some of the washed out parts... looks pretty rough.

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There was lots of people in hiking shoes, but you sink into the wet snow above the ankles....not very appealing.
The Chipmunk Creek road is rough from Bench Road. Ground clearance very important!"
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I did this trail on the 27th and the snow wasn't too soft, so hiking shoes would have worked, but it was overcast that day and the snow had a decent firmness but soft enough to kick into. I can reiterate the comments about the road. Some sections before the upper 4 km (that the guidebook describes as worse) are in worse shape than the upper 4 km. There are numerous deep water bars that seem relentless. I was fortunate enough to be driving a lifted Mitsubishi Delica that didn't bottom once. But it has a relatively short nose beyond the front tires and was able to negotiate these well. Even a 4x4 pickup may scrape and bottom in some sections. The worst water bar at 3.9 km on the 11 km final section had errosion and a big rock in the middle. Make sure you plan how to negotiate this. Very bumpy road that may require replacement dental fillings after doing.
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