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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-24-2018, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Norgie and I had been interested in reaching Paleface 2, possibly from the Flora Peak trail. Flora, Paleface 1 & 2, Meroniuk, and Edgar are all peaks running down the east side of Chilliwack Lake. These form a more or less continuous ridge from Flora to Meroniuk that gains and loses elevation before it dips right down to the lake elevation between Meroniuk and Edgar. Heading south from Flora, one can continue along this ridge or turn left and go to Wittenberg. The trip was long for October but very rewarding with tarns and meadows and sunset skies. As we were finishing and heading down from the Flora lookout in the dark, we had a bit of a situation near the parking lot when Norgie pointed out two cat eyes reflecting back the light of our headlamps. They were about 10-20 ft in the bush, waist high, perfectly still, quiet and frighteningly wide apart. We had to approach to reach a point to turn right and away. At first I wasn't sure what the reflection was, looking at it with tired eyes and dry contact lenses, but as Norgie turned right at the T section of the trail, the head turned to follow her and I became convinced.

Norgie enjoying the view along the ridge to Paleface 2.
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Chilliwack Lake view.
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Looking for a way to access the ridge arm leading to Paleface 2.
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First tarn along the ridge after bypassing the turn left point to Wittenberg.
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Autumn views.
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Approaching the summit of Paleface 2.
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The east face of Paleface 2.
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Enjoying the summit.
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A peek at the ridge leading to Paleface.
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The ridge back. Welch and Williams prominent.
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Norgie with the south-east side of Wittenberg on the left and Holden on the right.
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Looking back at Paleface 2.
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Sunset from Flora Lookout.
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Our route.
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Very nice trip and photos!

So I am bit confused. What were the eyes in the dark at the end? A big cat? Or you never found out?
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Very nice trip and photos!

So I am bit confused. What were the eyes in the dark at the end? A big cat? Or you never found out?
Probably a cougar. We made lots of noise and it didn't move, just watching us. I know this is not scientific, but I have cats at home and the way it moved it's head was just like a cat.

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Awesome fall pics We sure have been lucky with the weather!
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Awesome fall pics We sure have been lucky with the weather!
Thanks, yes great weather to get a couple of ridges and long hikes in before winter.
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Awesome. That is one trip I had always wanted to do, think I will plan on that next year.

With the eyes you saw; don't think I will try that hike solo.


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It's a nice ridge walk. Pretty chill dog not to go after cat
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Awesome. That is one trip I had always wanted to do, think I will plan on that next year.

With the eyes you saw; don't think I will try that hike solo.


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Thanks Karvitk, it was quite an exciting end to a great trip. It's sobering to think about all the wildlife at the bottom of Flora considering all the people that use that parking lot to go to Lindeman Lake.
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