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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-07-2019, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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With recent reports coming in that the road was in good shape, we decided to head to the back end of the Mamquam Valley.
I had been up here a few times before but not summitted Seed Peak, so that was the objective.
Trip report from 2005:
https://forums.clubtread.com/27-brit...5-09-05-a.html

On the drive up the Squamish highway it started raining so I wasn't too optimistic. By the time we finished the long drive up the Mamquam road however, it had stopped raining and things were looking good. I was surprised at the amount of road improvements being done. We were able to drive all the way to the edge of the old clearcut to within metres of the trail. We started hiking around noon, I was taking many pictures of the old growth forest above the clearcut since it will probably be gone next time.
Fortunately there was no wind and the temperature was cool but pleasant.
End of the road right next to the old growth:



Heading up the forest:


Beautiful old growth forest:


Eventually the forest thins and you can see the objective.
Seed Peak on the left and November Peak on the right:



Nearing the top of November peak the views open up to the south, with Meslilloet Mountain prominent to the south and many of the north shore peaks visible. November peak on it's own is a fine destination.
Mount Burnaby and SFU visible down the Indian River Valley with Mt. Seymour area to the right:


From here the roller coaster begins with a 140m drop down to a pass, and then a climb up to some nice tarns.
Panorama from Seed(L) to Gillespie(R), both in the clouds:


Heading down to the pass:


Unnamed creek draining into the Mamquam. Alpen Mtn. at left:


Meslilloet Mountain Zoom:


Eventually we pass the tarns and the glacier comes into view. This poor south-facing glacier has had a hard time in recent years.
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More down and up and we took a break about 200m vertical from the top. Luna was doing great on this hike but she is getting on in years and was starting to have some problems with the rocks. Asia offered to stay with Luna and told me to tag the summit solo. I dumped my pack and took just my phone and in 20 minutes I was at the peak. Unfortunately it was in the fog so I just signed the register and headed back down to the lunch spot, where there were much better views.
Luna at lunch spot:


I flew the drone and was able to get a good view of the glacier, which had an interesting circular crevasse feature, and Pinecone lake which I missed seeing from the top.



The hour was getting late so we soon headed down.


November Lake and Meslilloet Mtn, and some fingers on the left:


Sky Pilot Sunset:


We made our way down to the pass and back up to November Peak and then down the trail. There is one steep section with a rope that I was worried about having to carry Luna down, but she managed all on her own. The sunset colors were pretty good on the way down, and we finished the hike in the dark. We had planned to car camp up there, and it was nice while heading down knowing there wasn't a 2 hour drive waiting at the end. I had brought up a bunch of wood so we had a good fire and heated up some pulled pork burgers in the cast iron frying pan, that and a couple of beers was a pretty good end to the day.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-07-2019, 07:46 PM
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Very nice. Think I'd better get up there sooner then later from the sounds of it. How long was the hike in terms of time and distance do you reckon?

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Thanks sidetrip. I think the total duration of the hike was about 7.5 hours. Distance not too far about 5.5km each way.
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That's it! Was expecting some distance travelled on that one. Guess I'm still thinking pre-logging road extension. Good bang for your buck though I'd say. I will probably do exactly what you did at the end of the day. Where did you pitch a tent or spark up that sweet campfire btw?

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Great report as usual. I dislike drones, but every time I see one of your shots I am glad you used it -- that glacier aerial shot is fabulous! btw -- use paperclip icon when referencing photos, easier for you & eliminates that "Attached Files" duplicates in TR
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This looks fantastic...on the list for next year
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That's it! Was expecting some distance travelled on that one. Guess I'm still thinking pre-logging road extension. Good bang for your buck though I'd say. I will probably do exactly what you did at the end of the day. Where did you pitch a tent or spark up that sweet campfire btw?
Ya short distance but alot of ups and downs. I calculated 1150m gain/loss for the trip. Lots to do around there, we have to go back for Gillespie.
For camping there is a good flat spot right where the final spur branches off to the right, but it is kind of on the road still.
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Great report as usual. I dislike drones, but every time I see one of your shots I am glad you used it -- that glacier aerial shot is fabulous! btw -- use paperclip icon when referencing photos, easier for you & eliminates that "Attached Files" duplicates in TR
Thanks zeljkok. I did fuss around too much with the pictures on this report, but I like the bigger pictures. Next time i'll just use the paperclip and the [ attach ] tags I guess.
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All the conveniences of home I see there. May have even had a view if it weren't for those stinkin clouds. I have an Xterra too but without the car top tent. Wouldn't be long before I landed on my head trying to take a midnight whizz so I prefer ground zero.

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The cartop tent is great but it's a pain to put on and remove, so I leave it on all summer. It has put a bit of a dent in our canoe excursions! :\
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Yeah hard to attach to a canoe for sure.

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Very interesting hike, I had no idea Pinecone Lake was so beautiful.
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Nice to see this report, Martin, you know how I love this area! Damn shame they are going to log that forest, which should be protected as far as I'm concerned. You're right about that pocket glacier, I'm wondering how many years it has left. Also, nice rig!
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