So there is 4 different way to do this mountain. The fastest and easiest is probably via Radium Lake trail but that is inside the Provincial Park so that's a big no no at this point in time. Then there is the way Karvitk on Clubtread as well as Steven Song did via Center Creek and bashing up the Western slopes, the 3rd way is from the guy on Clubtread who sorta marked a route from the very toe of the North Ridge. That looked bushy and shitty. The 4th way was this way when I saw some open clear cuts on the eastern side of the North ridge that you could take upto 950m. It seemed to make sense and worth a shot and with all the reports on Clubtread this wasn't mentioned. Winnie wants to do more of this stuff so I messaged her and she was all in.
It was a long weekend shit show driving along Chilliwack lake road, people everywhere camping. We turned off the Hwy and onto the Nesakwatch FSR. From there we turned left and heading for Center Creek FSR, We drove past Center Creek, past the toe of the North Ridge and started looping around the eastern side, passing by TCT markers.. We found our spur road and it was STEEP and loose and had abit of snow. We brought bikes just incase of any gates or mishaps. We decided to park right at 510m and started pushing the bikes up. Parking at the bottom was a good decion as snowline was only 700m away from the truck. Winding up the logging road was uneventful, snow cover was good so we would shave off switchback whenever possible. Eventually nearing the end we looked up and just decided to pick a spot to enter the forest.
Once in the forest the freeze thaw was in effect, hard and crunchy and quick travel. We angled NW and eventually hooked up with the N. Ridge. It was good at times, it was shitty at times. Especially one bluff that had 2 flags and then zero flags. Still not sure if we were supposed to go left side of the bluff, or right side of the bluff, we just went straight up it with all the icy snow cover and trees in the face.
After the shit show, things start opening up and Williams makes and appearance and now the ridge truly starts to shine. It just keeps rolling and ascending and the views just keep improving. There are a few false summits, when you think you're there it's still abit of a ways. There is one North summit that is slightly lower so you you have to lose some elevation and then head over the the labelled South summit.
From here you're surround by peaks. Cheam Range, Flora, the lake, Webb, Macdonald, Lindeman, Rexford is in your face, Slesse, Crossover and so on.... I think it's the most scenic ridge walks in the valley.
Food, Water pictures and down we go, one last look at the Cheam range and our ridge.
I should mention that the crust was rated for 100lbs. I'm pretty sure Winnie weighs 99.9lbs as she just floated ontop the whole day. I had to punch through every bloody step on the way up, and then even more on the way down. The tips of the snowshoes would go underneath the crust and then upon lifting the leg up would send me into many forward somersaults. LAME!
Back at the truck we chilled in the sunshine having some beers and I asked her what she wanted to listen to and she said "old rap" I think we will be getting along just fine.