Hittin' the Trails
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Coliseum Mountain Drainage
Finally got round to completing a route that had been on my mind for a while - ascending Coliseum via its western flank.
Despite the air quality and heat wave warning set out following the Lynn Headwaters trail to Lynn Lake and turned off following the creek into the drainage.
What started off a nice wide open creek bed did eventually get brushed in - having said that there are pretty drainage/ creek beds to follow almost the entire way to the ridge line.
Things do get steep just before gaining the ridge but plenty blueberry bushes to use as climbing aids. From looking at the contours of the proposed route it appeared the steepest section would be right after gaining the ridge line. There was a band of cliff that was easy to bypass to the north - Steep terrain followed that reminded me of the Crown Buttress route with plenty of good holds.
Was hoping to complete a loop using Burwell West ridge down to Lynn Lake but there's still allot of snow there at the moment and having come up that route previously thought to err on the side of caution and used the regular Coliseum trail back down to Norvan Falls.