If you want to spend time climbing beautiful class 3 rock that is extremely grippy, this should be your choice. My dad took me up this mountain at a very young age and I barely remember it, we did the South Twin together as well but I wanted to check out the North one when I could actually remember it. Katie Ann my new partner in crime it seems was onboard. We parked at the gate, apparently you are supposed to have some permit nowadays that's like 75 bucks per person? Anyways we took our bikes and rode when we could, but mainly pushed them upto the junction. You could push them all the way to the cut block but we didn't bother.
The trail in the cutblock was hard to find at the start, but once on it the footbed is good but pretty overgrown, we encountered abit of snow at the very very start of the lower ridge for about 5minutes but that was the only snow for the ascent.
Lower down it's a broad bushy ridge, but then it starts to get better. The weather wasn't supposed to be this cloudy and we weren't sure if we would lose our views on the day.
Making our way up the ridge, we got suckered into following some cairns that were traversing the face rather than on the ridge, there's many different ways up and the rock is beautiful so we kept on trucking eventually cutting back up to regain the ridge proper.
What a fun mountain to play around on, and Katie getting some rock work in and taking a mental break on a perfect perch.
A tiny bit of snow near the summit, and we lucked out with the weather we had a nice long summit break then decided to do the North snow descent to make a loop.
Katie is still learning her skills and comfort zone of what can and can't be done, and since we had brought the rope just incase it made her feel more comfortable having this in place. It was a fun bum slide down for me.
We timed it just right as the lower section to complete the loop was melting out and big holes were appearing around the trees and logs. The bike ride up was 1hr 40min to the junction and 23min down. It's worth the bike ride.