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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-28-2017, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Default Winter stroll to Deeks and Hanover Lakes

Decided after all the Christmas dinners the past couple nights I had to burn off some calories and eacape the city. Woke up late as per usual and didn't leave the trailhead untill after 10. The snow was also sticking on the S2S and made for a beautiful drive.

The logging road was lovely this time in the fresh snow. Normally it is a boring slog but this was very beautiful. The waterfall at the 2 km mark was also stunning. The snow was still falling and was about 3-4 inches deep up to around 700m elevation near the washout. From here on the snow started to get deeper and by the time I arrived at the lake there was a good couple of feet of fresh powder.

The goal was Hanover Lake but I wasn't about to go around the lake as crossing the avy paths alone was not something I would ever do or recommend. The lake looked nice and frozen with a foot of snow overtoo so I started to make my way across, which is also where I switched from microspikes to snowshoes. At 50 feet out with my shovel I dug down to the ice and saw that it wasn't maybe as strong as I thought. The ice was a bit mushy but I kept going slowly while hitting the ice in front of me with the shovel. While it was a bit scary/stupid, the view of Deeks Peak and the surrounding mountains made for a lovely scenic surrounding. The lake took seven minutes to cross which was about three times as fast as going around the lake.

From the far side of Deeks, the snow began to get deeper. I made my way up the right side of the creek and crossed about twenty meters before the log jam where the creek crossing is marked. Fro here it was a lovely stroll in the meter deep pillows of snow. I followed some cougar tracks along the trail to Hanover Lake. I was hoping for a view of Brunswick towering behind but unfortunately the clouds were low. The view was nevertheless beautiful.

I turned around and made my way to the lake before descending back to the car. I had brought all my overnight gear to sleep at the lake but I wasn't sure how much snow was going to come down overnight so I ended up lugging the gear around for no reason. Oh well. Definitely recommend seeing Deeks at this time it is stunning! Looks like some tracks continued onto the Deeks/Windsor col as well.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-28-2017, 11:44 PM
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This is beautiful. Seems that Coast got lots of snow this December!
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Great idea for an outing this time of year. The snow would make that long road much more enjoyable!
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Curious where you got the confidence to cross the lake at this time of the year? Prior tracks on the lake?
Seems rather early in the season for such a move, perhaps I am just a over cautious, but I would think that later in the winter months would be more safe time, outside temps being the main factor.
Deeks is always a great trip summer or winter, seen a mountian goat once when I was just cresting the last ridge before the lake, he was running across the lake right in front of me near shoreline, beard and all.
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Curious where you got the confidence to cross the lake at this time of the year? Prior tracks on the lake?
Seems rather early in the season for such a move, perhaps I am just a over cautious, but I would think that later in the winter months would be more safe time, outside temps being the main factor.
Deeks is always a great trip summer or winter, seen a mountian goat once when I was just cresting the last ridge before the lake, he was running across the lake right in front of me near shoreline, beard and all.
That's so cool with the mountain goat. I have heard stories of them in the area too but have never lucked out with seeing them.

As for crossing the lake, I had a couple things that helped ease my mind. First there were deer/ goat tracks from one side to the other. Obviously they weigh much less but I trust their instincts. Second I knew my snowshoes would desperse my weight well. Lastly I had seen photos of the lake being frozen over in early december. Also I crossed it last year in mid January under similar conditions so I felt comfortable. Still could be silly with it!
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