25 Mar 2019
Hey there clubtread, this is my first trip report so we'll see how it goes, hopefully not a total mess.
I chose to hike Corriveau from the radium lake trail. Here's a view of Corriveau from the north, from Williams Pk.
I started at about 915am from outside the locked gate of chilliwack lake campground. Whether you are doing corriveau or macdonald or webb its great if you bring a bike to get you to the trailhead. It will save you a bunch of time getting thru the chilliwack lake campground and along the chilliwack river trail to the radium lake trailhead. On my bike it took me about 25min to reach the radium lake turnoff from where I parked. And this time included a nice wipe out on some ice just after the bridge over the river lol. I had to walk the bike thru a few sections of snow, I’m sure they are all melted now.
I stashed my bike at the radium lake trailhead. Continuous snow started soon after the suspension bridge and I put snowshoes on after the second creek crossing. The heavy wet snow made travel slow, but the route is easy to follow with lots of trail markers. I thought about heading straight up one of the gullys coming down from corriveau’s north ridge but I could also see a lot of cliff bands so I decided to just stick to the route I knew would go. I got to Radium Lake at about noon and took a little break.
From the lake I left the marked route and headed uphill to the SW. After about 150m gain from the lake the forest thins and I continue up towards the ridge. By 1pm I’m on the ridge and continue north towards the summit. Its mostly a gentle uphill walk along the ridge with a few little ups and downs.
looking north towards corriveau
looking back towards macdonald and webb
Just before 2pm I reach the top of Corriveau. There are two summits with the southern one being slightly higher. There are great views from the top, especially across to Rexford.
A few shots from the top
There is also a nice flat bivy rock near the summit.
I return via my route up.
Car to car was about 8hrs 40min
Cumulative gain of about 1890m
About 31 k round trip