I put up a quick post looking for partners for this trip, I had one person message me but they couldn't get time off work. In the end Steven Song decided to join me. He suggested a bigger more glamorous one in the area but I was kinda set on a mellow trip and ticking another Matt Gunn scramble off. He seemed okay with the plan considering he's been doing some seriously big trips the last little while.
We left Surrey around 4:50am, and a big thanks to JenCloss and her trip report that let us know the road was good to go. Stock Toyota 4x4 had no issues at all, but there are a few rough sections not sure how long it will stay this good for. Parking at the trailhead with this view, can't beat it. Great spot for car camping.
The trail upto Holly lake is in tip top shape and maintained by the BCFS? as the signs said.
Once we hit the lake we decided to turn right and just bash our way through the trees taking a direct line towards Peak 8700, in about an hour we are up in the alpine taking it all in.
No bugs, no bug spray needed, we just kept trucking along towards the peak, there was a creek where you could fill up your water botttles
At the base of the mountain we decided to go for the far right ridge, abit of a choss heap upto the summit but travel was still quick.
We topped out about 2hrs from the car.
The next part was the ridge traverse over towards Linus, after reading previous reports from Clubtread we knew it would go and shouln't pose any problems.
Really nice ridge, with some quality scrambling on granite upto the summit of Linus where we did some sweet trundling and got a look back at Peak 8700 and the connecting ridge. Burndug would be proud!
We followed the ridge off of Linus for abit and took the first chance to drop off and head back towards Holly Lake. Even managed to sneak in a quick bum slide.
Soon enough it was Budweiser time and Doritos. I think driving time was 10hrs and hiking time maybe 5hrs, either way we were back in Surrey at dinner time. This place is even easier to get to than Semaphore Lakes. Great area.