Scaling New Heights
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: North Van.
Interest: Anything mountain related
Golden Ears Summit
So my daughter and I had in mind to do Golden Ears today and the weather looked iffy, but at best it would be cooler than previous days. We decided to go ahead anyway as I've not hiked in this area and it was on our to do list. We did it as a day trip. Left the car at the West Canyon parking lot at 7:55 am and got to the emergency shelter at noon. Made the summit around 1 pm and didn't linger. Back at the emergency shelter at 2 pm and back to the car at 5:15 pm. Altogether about 9 hours 20 min. I would rate this hike as one of the more grueling day hikes I've done due to the combined 1800 meter elevation along with 24 km round trip. As with many West Coast hikes, the horizontal slog on either a relatively flat trail or logging roads makes me consider accelerating my desire to find a used downhill mountain bike that I intend to put an electric motor on to get quicker to the good stuff. Anyway I digress. The hike is great, and the weather was modestly cool without too many bugs. The only downside is that once we reached the shelter, visibility was no more than 10 meters which made it challenging for route finding. Could see some old glissade tracks that helped and I had a map from Alltrails that showed our position along with altimeter in my gps. Used crampons and ice axe to get to the summit ridge, but lack of visibility made it hard to see where we were going. Fortunately at the top of the steep snow slope I could discern a faint trail off to the edge of the snow on the right. Ditched the snow/ice gear after we got on the ridge as the path was snow free and the intermittent flagging helped. It didn't alleviate the disappointment of a couple of false summits, but eventually there was no more elevation to gain and a couple of memorial plaques along with grad graffiti indicated we were on top. I'm sure the view is spectacular, but I'm not going back again as I've ticked this one off my list.