I like to do solo hikes every now and then, I can hike at my pace and I can go do something silly like I did on this day, which would have been hard to find a partner down for this kinda trip.
I drove part way up the Woodside FSR and stopped when I hit snow, I didn't quite make it to the paraglider launch. There were tire tracks for me to walk in without snowshoes, as I got higher the tire tracks ended and I put on the snowshoes.
I followed the road to some communications tower but the actual high point is off in the bushes abit, so I got out the GPS and wandered around finding the high point. I confirmed it with Steve Songs location as well. Super boring summit and a real treed dumpster.
Since I was now going to be heading for Agassiz I noticed the main road was pretty much directly below me on the gps, so instead of backtracking, I just thrashed my way through the forest intersecting the main road. It wasn't exactly enough snow for snowshoes, but then it was also steep and slippery. I kept them on for the traction. Once on the main road it was just a nice long flat plod heading for Mount Agassiz.
The road just kept going and going, passed by a few confusing spurs but figured it out and eventually after a long flat walk found the road that would start climbing to get to the start of Mount Agassiz's ridge.
The snow was very firm in here, which made for some quick travel and I eventually topped out at the viewpoint which is the highpoint. I wasn't sure so I wandered around abit in the woods but came back up to the view point for lunch.
I wasn't too excited to walk back all that boring FSR to the truck so I made a spur of the moment decision to take the Campbell Lake trail aka Harrison Grind trail down into the town of Harrison, and then walk farm roads and Hwy 7 back to the Woodside FSR. The Campbell lake trail had a skiff of snow on it and was abit more rugged than I was expecting but I made it down in quick time. On the way down I ran into Elkaholic and his partner.
Rolling into the town of Harrison I was back to civilization, just another 15+ km to go now. I decided to shave off abit of distance by cutting through the golf course, then it was farm road , after farm road. At this point I wasn't really fueling the body properly so I had to take a quick break and get some bars and mangos in me. It snapped me back to live and more pavement walking continued. I finally made it to HWY 7 and it was starting to get dark and the last section is windy and not much of a shoulder to walk on so I made the decision to try and hitchhike that 7km section. It didn't take too long and someone finally picked me up in Covid times. Good on them!
He dropped me off at the woodside FSR and I started to walk buck up another couple hundred meters elevation. When it was all said and done it was 40.50km of which I hitchhiked 6km of it to make one big loop!