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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-07-2020, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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As usual the weather was garbage down South on my days off so I managed to find a small weather windown on the weather model that I use and it was more towards Lillooet. This app has been very good to me and said there would be a clearing around 11am and then turning shitty around 2 or 3pm. I managed to get Alana to join me on this trip, we did Jimmy Jimmy together as our first trip a few months back.


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It was a long ass drive and I decided to take the Lytton cable ferry across and drive on the otherside of the Fraser to check it out instead of going into Lillooet then looping back. The Texas Creek creek road is super windy and pretty intense with the drop off to the passenger side. My driving even made her abit car sick, woops. We arrived at our spur road and drove up, the road was starting to slowly fall apart with deep ruts but stock Toyota was fine. Mountain bikers use this road as a shuttle to bike down a trail on this mountain. There is even a Youtube video of some guy biking from the summit which looking quite miserable until he reached the mid mountain point.

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Back in the day you could drive even higher but a rockslide has prevented that so we parked the truck and off we started in the clouds. You can follow the road to the actual trailhead, or you can hike up mountian bike trail cutting off a few switchbacks which we did. The upper portion of the mountain bike trail doesn't see much use anymore due to the rock slide, there was blowdown over the trail in spots which looked to have been there awhile.

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It was so nice to just be on a trail from the start into the alpine. It was only Oct 12th but we had hit snowline quite low, luckily it was just a few cm's since we didn't bring any snowshoes. As we arrived in the alpine the convection clouds started to do their thing and they were rising up before our eyes. It was abit later than predicted but close enough. It meant we would get some views.

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Alana set the pace and it was a quick one, I kept trying to slow her down so the clouds could clear for our summit stretch. We took our time taking photos and just casually made our way up the mountain.
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We arrived at the summit and had great views into the Stein area, Brew was in the clouds which we did the week before. Katie told me about this peak while on the summit of Brew, which is the reason why I ended up this way. Their was a bitter bitter wind blowing which was great to clear the clouds away but bad for hanging out. We at a snack, took a photo and agreed to get eat lunch once we found some shelter.

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More pictures on the way down, a nice trail to follow out, and a tailgate party with a few. I didn't want to do that crazy windy road in the dark so we drove into Lillooet and then back via Hwy 1.

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Nice! Love the clouds. The road naming is a bit confusing though.
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Nice! Love the clouds. The road naming is a bit confusing though.

What part is confusing? On the way up we took the Texas Creek road from the Lytton Ferry crossing to the Texas Della Nesikep Forest Service road spur. And then on the way back took the Texas Creek main into Lillooet and Hwy 1 back instead of back tracking to the ferry.
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What part is confusing? On the way up we took the Texas Creek road from the Lytton Ferry crossing to the Texas Della Nesikep Forest Service road spur. And then on the way back took the Texas Creek main into Lillooet and Hwy 1 back instead of back tracking to the ferry.
The part that I find confusing is that the Texas Creek Road goes down the west side of the Fraser. The road that goes up Texas Creek is, I guess, also the Texas Creek road. So by starting your hike on the Texas Creek road you could have come from the east or west.
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Hey! Thinking of doing this hike once the weather clears. Approximately how long would you say it took you? Thanks!
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