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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-02-2020, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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On a wet Canada Day, I decided to go and summit some lovely peaks in the Grouse Mountain area. Nick joined in for our day off and we were off from the parking lot at 6:30 after grabbing some free parking on the road.

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We went up the BCMC which was nice on a wet day. Only people we saw on the trail were a few grinders coming down which was pleasant. After an hour, we reached the Chalet and had a nice break. It was kind of nice for once to pace ourselves going up the BCMC and not be bagged afterwards . After a bathroom break, chugging some water, and warming up, we went off into a foggy abyss through the tourist areas. A few deer greeted us, and we headed our way up the winter snowshoe route towards Dam Mountain. It was misting and everything was wet but it was nice to be hiking with no one else. Maybe 30 minutes later we were on top of Dam Mountain. There was a decent amount of snow patches left over but not too much post holing.

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Good Old BCMC

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Coming up to the Chalet in fog

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Oh Deer you startled me...

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Summit selfie on Dam Mountain

We descended down to the main trail off the north/west of Dam and quickly stood on top of Little Goat. No clue how this is an official peak to be honest. Dropping down to Crown pass, there was a good amount of solid snow and a warning sign saying that the backcountry was closed. Given how unprepared people are typically, I would say this is a good call. We started the ~300m descent and the snow was in good condition to not warrant and microspikes for us, but hiking poles were necessary. Closer to the bottom, all of the snow is melted. The trees are nice and big down here close to the Hanes valley intersection. We started to ascend up to Crown which was new territory for the both of us. This is an awesome trail with funky roots, rocks, and melted snow to keep things fun. I love the steepness of it which makes for quick elevation gain. At 1300m, the trail crosses a granite slab which is overly marked and easy to cross for any proper north shore hiker. I can imagine the hoards of tourists that do this trail with sneakers or flip flops may find this a bit more challenging or scary. From here, a bit more of tree'd trail before coming out to a nice opening at 1400m.

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Little Goat Mountain summit

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Nice trail

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This is the granite bench you cross

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Turn off at ~1400m

The trail continues straight, but allegedly we found ourselves looking for a beauty of a peak to the west. Good flagging was found on this route and involved about a hundred meters of descent and ascent. It is impossible to miss the trail and there is some relatively easy scrambling. We may have found ourselves on West Crown / Beauty Peak and realizing this we turned around and came back. This detour takes ~40 minutes round trip. The rain was horrible at this point and the wind had begun to pick up - views were non-existent to say the least. Note: this route is in the Capilano Watershed and there is an either real or fake trail camera at the sign.

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Typical ridge walk

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Steep downclimb with an old rope / veggie belays.

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Typical rock

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two beauties on Beauty

We rushed up to the summit of crown which was barely a scramble to say the least. It was still a lovely looking mountain and I get why people gush over it. However with how much people will be touching the rocks leading up to the summit on a sunny day, doing this during the COVID pandemic is not recommend. The summit trail is also narrow and has little room to hang out which also is why I DO NOT recommend this during a busy summer day as socially distancing will be impossible. On the way back, we only saw 1 other trail runner. We summited the true grouse mountain, ran down the access road, and purchased some hot chocolate. We ended up taking the tram down which was $20 (ridiculous) but came with a free mask. Overall an awesome day spent in the mountains. More reports and trips to come! If you are in the region and do similar trips, consider joining the public Facebook group "Bagger Challenge" which has trail runners and hikers alike challenging to summit the 80+ mountains of the North Shore, Howe Sound, and islands. Some incredible routes are being completed.

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Crown Mountain true summit

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Grouse Mountain true summit

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Route of the day in blue. 1700m elevation gain, 15 km, 7 hours.
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Good old Crown. Grouse download now $20???? Nick not drinking whiskey anymore on mountain tops it seems
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Yea, $20 on weekends and holidays now. Super pricy but COVID must have hurt their bottom line.

good reminder re: the whiskey, I'll make sure Nick looks for it next time haha.
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Awesome! So now you have to go back on a sunny day and see those beauty views!
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Awesome! So now you have to go back on a sunny day and see those beauty views!
I really have to! Probably in the autumn with the shorter days I'll be back.
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If you are in the region and do similar trips, consider joining the public Facebook group "Bagger Challenge" which has trail runners and hikers alike challenging to summit the 80+ mountains of the North Shore, Howe Sound, and islands. Some incredible routes are being completed.
I'm not on FB, so what I can see/read is limited, but that group gives off a great vibe. Lots of happy people. I see a dog even did the complete traverse of The Needles north to south recently....so good. : )
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I'm not on FB, so what I can see/read is limited, but that group gives off a great vibe. Lots of happy people. I see a dog even did the complete traverse of The Needles north to south recently....so good. : )
It would be awesome if you did join. I could see Katie winning in the canine category
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It would be awesome if you did join. I could see Katie winning in the canine category
Even at 12 years of age? Have to get me some Hokas first.... : )
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