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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-30-2017, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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I checked out the new trail to Demon Peak, via the Watersprite Lake Trail. The turnoff from the Watersprite trail is clearly marked and trail continues up the old road. There is more alder here, but it has been cleared enough so that travel is easy.

Eventually, the old FSR opens up and suddenly there's no alder, just a high quality road. Craziness. I walked right past the cairn identifying the trail where it leaves the road for the ridge, so I ended up bushwhacking for 100m vertical where I met tracks from a previous party. Following a combination of human, dog, and bear paws, I enjoyed the remainder of the route to the high point of Demon Ridge. Great views of Dreadnought, Mamquam, and Martin/Gibson/Epiphone, but sadly trees block the view down to the lake, despite the summit being directly above.

There is full cell reception up top (but not at the parking area and lower portion of trail). I found the flagging and returned via the new trail. One difficulty is found where 3 large fallen trees need to be crossed on a steep slope. I'd suggest contouring climber's right to avoid this portion of route, but overall it's a great route.
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Any idea what the stats were for that trail? I'm wondering if this can be done as a loop continuing on and descending around and down to Watersprite Lake. Anybody know?


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Any idea what the stats were for that trail? I'm wondering if this can be done as a loop continuing on and descending around and down to Watersprite Lake. Anybody know?

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If I recall correctly, my stats were about 13km return, and 1000m elevation gain. I could be off a bit, but I think that's right. Descending to Watersprite would be a nice idea. I couldn't see an obvious way down - there's quite a drop off the end of the ridge between Demon and Dreadnought, but maybe wrapping around north side could work? I'd want to explore without snow I think.
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Cool, we were up there on Saturday. We encountered one other group at the top and one group on the way down. Yes lots of bear prints! Your stats concur with mine. I think dropping down to the lake would be a nice route, looks like it wouldn't be too bad through the forest. Here's a view from the flying camera (Demon at left), a view of the ridge continuing to Dreadnaught, and a view of Watersprite and Gibson peaks.
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I managed to find some stats afterwards that tend to agree with what both of you have also.


Martin I'm guessing Demon Peak is the lesser bump to the left. Any idea what the higher bump to the right is in your first picture? Looks intriguing as well for a loop from up there. Well unless it cliffs out beyond the photo.

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Martin I'm guessing Demon Peak is the lesser bump to the left. Any idea what the higher bump to the right is in your first picture? Looks intriguing as well for a loop from up there. Well unless it cliffs out beyond the photo.
Yes that's Demon on the left. The higher bump is unnamed, but if you go further you get to Dreadnought Peak, both visible in my 2nd pic. above. It looks from this picture there could be a boulder route coming down between the 2nd bump and Dreadnought.
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Thanks for the new trail info. Have they finished the trail & cabin @ Watersprite? There were some unfinished bridges last year.
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Yes, it goes. I?ve done it twice, although both times on snow, but it?s not too steep.

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Yes, it goes. I?ve done it twice, although both times on snow, but it?s not too steep.
Thanks might just give it a looksee this Sunday. Kind a in that transition zone right now though between snow and no snow. Should have some by Sunday but not enough to fill in the gaps on the slope downwards.

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Awesome! I'm hoping that this trail is on my GPS. It's crazy to imagine that the bears are still out and about!


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