I felt like branching out and trying to line up some new faces for a trip so I put up a post on 2 of the Facebook groups I"m in. When it was all said and done it would be a group of 4. Ilia, Alanna, and Sean. The road to the trailhead is fine a rav4 made it and an older Suzuki that didn't need to engage 4wd.
I believe this is also part of the trail for the groups of people that are helping push through the trail from Squamish to the Sunshine Coast which might explain the bridge at the start and a few other weird signs we saw along the way.
Eventually the nice wide road starts closing in on you the higher you get, it soon turns to a single track but it is still clear of bush. We had Steve Song's gps track but his report he said he left the trail and had to bushwack for abit and then found the flagged route. So we kept walking abit further and saw some fresh pink flagging. It looked open and made sense so up we went. It was steep, it was open at times , and then it was bushy at times. The pink flagging was extremely helpful.
At some point we lost the flagging but this is because to get to Coin Lake it's a relatively short thrash, but it's a deep, dense thrash. It was Ilia's first into to this sorta stuff. He may have been smiling for the photo, but in reality he was shaking his head. They can't believe how fast I can move through this crap. Everyone has different talents, I"m getting slower on the downhill now, but no bush is too thick for me.
After the thrashing around we arrived at Coin Lake. The mosquitoes were acting up so it was a quick snack and bug spray and sunscreen break. From here we could follow Steve's track that he did in the snow left side of the lake, or take the shorter line right side of lake but more iffy. Sean said he had a track of some guy on bivouc that did the right side and I was fine with trying the right as well. Well halfway through this journey of the the right side, it was pretty shitty sidehill. Don't take the right side, on our way down we would take the long distance open left side.
Now we are below Coin peak and finally staring up at our valley and glacier up above. It's big terrain and the route is pretty much any way you want up the broad ridge. Obviously trying to take nicer lines up the slabs on polished rock. The squad we had together for this trip was really strong so the pace was fairly swift.
Just as we were about to reach the upper glacier one of team members was starting to fade and wasn't sure he could make it. Even though the summit was only 250m gain away we decided to take a good sized food break, cool him down in a small tarn and be encouraging in telling him it was only a 1km away and not much gain left.
The break proved valuable and everything was all good again so off we went to finish it off. The coverage was good on the glacier, tiny tiny slots showing and then just one big one higher up.
The summit block is broken rock but still good enough to play around on as we all took a direct line to the top of Jimmy Jimmy. Ilia busted out his drone and got a cool shot of us all.
We spent alot of time on the summit, but all good this must come to and end so down we go. There was one wicked bum slide that in late summer snow the suncupped snow is quite brutal on the back.
Most people do this trip in the winter or spring, the bum slides would be awesome but the talus wasn't too bad and the rock slabs were fun as well.
Back at Coin Lake we all jumped in a tiny warming pool beside the main lake but Alanna was the only brave one to go jump in the main one.
We all thought the bushwack down wouldn't be as bad as it was on the way up since we have gravity on ourside but somehow it managed to be equally as bad. Luckily it's not that long.
This trip is a big day out but this group got along so well together it was a real blast having such a strong group gel so quickly. Ilia had to book it right away back at the car but the 3 of us stuck around for abit having a beer before heading out and of course getting stuck in Sea to Sky weekend traffic even around 8pm.