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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-13-2018, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Can someone please solve the eternal mystery: is it Ten keel or Ten quill?

A quick + dirty Ten Keel TR from July 6-8, 2018.

Weather encountered: Mosquitos, Mud, Thunder, Hail, Rain, Cloud, Sun
Gnomes encountered: 0 (?)

Hurley Rd was a pleasure, Branch 12 first section has big + smooth waterbars (thanks for the info xj6response); Kia parked at first parking spot. 2nd portion of road was steep/rockyish, and passable in a Chevy Tracker with a few bangs. Skid plate appreciated.

On trail at 11am, destroyed by mozzies for the next 1.5 hours. At the meadows, happy muddy trails. Then thunder/lightning, hail, hiding like cavemen in the trees. Some grunting. 5 minutes from cabin, cavemen unaware.

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Got to the cabin, it is beautiful like it was constructed by forest gnomes. Waiting for a break in the clouds + rain, we head out for Copper Mound around 3pm. On cue: rain gods descend. But then, a window of not-rain - an we're off!

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At the saddle, we watch the dark clouds hit the mountain and peel off towards Goat Peak, so we go for it. Easy snow slopes wrap around the face and up. We left our lightning rods (ice axes) at the cabin; last little bit was steep, then we are on top.

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From here, the clouds look like a Led Zeppelin album cover, so we don't dilly-dally.

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Weather report for the descent: keep going. A quick slide down to meadows just in time for the rain. Nice wolf tracks in the snow.

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At the cabin, we meet 2 cool doods from Bellingham, WA. We share drinks and they regale us with hilarious stories, then my buddy spots a black wolf out the window of the cabin. Wolfie is doing the rounds from campsites over to the gray water tree, so we have lots of time to stare in awe.

Next day = rain, clearing, rain, mist. We head out and wander towards Tenquille Mountain; one of our Bellingham friends gets on his bike to go up Barbour's Draw. Try to avoid the gully from hell (close to the creek) heading up, as it was un-like-ably loose + steep.

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Near the col, we head up a steep-ish snow slope and find some cairns at the top to follow as the clouds lift. After waiting out a bit more rain, we headed up and summited. I think we also ate a snickers bar; nice view of Chipmunk Peak.

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Back to the gnome-house, there were alot more people there. More cheese was eaten, no wolfie sightings. Bellingham mountain biker reported lots of snow in Barbour's Draw, good on him for the effort!

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We hiked out on Sunday, bombed down to Pemberton for coffee, swam at Alice Lake, then on the ferry back to the Sunshine Coast for 7pm.

Oh! And if you've read this far, here's the good news: the mozzies are still sleeping at the meadows and cabin, so get up there in the next little bit!
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Damn that is absolutely epic! I'm at a loss for words! What an adventure!


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Oh man, what a great spot and super TR, many thanks. From my days, as forester, working that area, it's TEN-KEEL

Any more 4X4 drivability info in the 2nd part of the BR 12 rd? My trailhawk goes just about anywhere but as its' a 2015 and still very pretty. I'm too candy-ass to let it get pin striped. That said, I'll do pretty much anything to avoid hiking on roads.

What a great spot

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Great report! I agree with Xj6, it's TEN-KEEL.

Xj6, I had the new-ish truck / pin-striping dilemma a few years ago. Think of it like jumping into a cold tarn at this time of year, hesitation at first but once you get in there it's great and you don't have to worry about it any more!
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Great report! I agree with Xj6, it's TEN-KEEL.

Xj6, I had the new-ish truck / pin-striping dilemma a few years ago. Think of it like jumping into a cold tarn at this time of year, hesitation at first but once you get in there it's great and you don't have to worry about it any more!

Aaarrgghh .... no! My old Grand Cherokee looked like an SOS pad LOL, so scratched up, poor thing. This Cherokee Trailhawk climbs like goat but it's so pretty, just can't bear to scratch it up, yet ... one day, maybe

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Oh man, what a great spot and super TR, many thanks. From my days, as forester, working that area, it's TEN-KEEL

Any more 4X4 drivability info in the 2nd part of the BR 12 rd? My trailhawk goes just about anywhere but as its' a 2015 and still very pretty. I'm too candy-ass to let it get pin striped. That said, I'll do pretty much anything to avoid hiking on roads.

What a great spot
When I was there last, which was some time ago, in the beginning there were some overgrown trees but nothing enough to reach out and scratch your paint like Baby Munday or Vicuna Peak. I think the biggest concern would be the very deep waterbars, and in all of the 4x4 roads I've encountered only Mount Cheam was worse than Tenquille Lake. My vehicle, "Friends With Benefits" is a 2004 F-150 FX4, crew cab with a 5.5" shortbox and a 3-inch level. I'm not sure what the ground clearance at the differential is as I've never measured it, but it's enough to get me practically anywhere and everywhere, although it did complain at Tenquille Lake. As mentioned on a previous post, I beat up the hitch and the dual exhaust. If your Trailhawk doesn't have skidplates I wouldn't attempt to drive all the way to the trailhead.


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When I was there last, which was some time ago, in the beginning there were some overgrown trees but nothing enough to reach out and scratch your paint like Baby Munday or Vicuna Peak. I think the biggest concern would be the very deep waterbars, and in all of the 4x4 roads I've encountered only Mount Cheam was worse than Tenquille Lake. My vehicle, "Friends With Benefits" is a 2004 F-150 FX4, crew cab with a 5.5" shortbox and a 3-inch level. I'm not sure what the ground clearance at the differential is as I've never measured it, but it's enough to get me practically anywhere and everywhere, although it did complain at Tenquille Lake. As mentioned on a previous post, I beat up the hitch and the dual exhaust. If your Trailhawk doesn't have skidplates I wouldn't attempt to drive all the way to the trailhead.
Excellent info, thanks much. My Trailhawk has heavy duty steel skid plates which have been mightily beaten up and proved their worth. I'll give that TEN-KEEEL route a go some time this summer.

BTW, The toughest 4x4's I ever owned were Ford F150 pickups. Excellent, under-rated off road trucks

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Any more 4X4 drivability info in the 2nd part of the BR 12 rd? My trailhawk goes just about anywhere but as its' a 2015 and still very pretty. I'm too candy-ass to let it get pin striped. That said, I'll do pretty much anything to avoid hiking on roads.
I think you are good to go Andy... the 2nd section of Branch 12 is steep with a few burly sections, but I can't recall any serious pin striping spots. You gonna spend a few days up there and ramble around?
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Which Led Zepp album cover has clouds on it?????
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LOL! Can't believe you made the effort to edit the text. Must be quite a Led Zepp fan Stairway to Tenquille!
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I think you are good to go Andy... the 2nd section of Branch 12 is steep with a few burly sections, but I can't recall any serious pin striping spots. You gonna spend a few days up there and ramble around?
Hey, thanks for that. Yup, sometime this season I'd like to get there and scamper a bit. Anything i can do to reduce time walking on old roads is a major goal as well

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That was really well done ... But it should say LED TEN-KEEL LOL

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Very nice, my kind of hike....

Great rambling country, love those ridges and slopes.


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