I have made more of an effort to try and do more than 1 trip with my dad in the mountains a year now, after all he is the one who got me into this. Dblair back in the main Clubtread era used this site quite abit from the start, but drifted away when it went downhill. He might still lurk now and then but I'm not too sure. Anyways I also decided to ask if my mom wanted to join on a trip with us. They are in their 70's and my mom doesn't like steep stuff so I had to come up with something that was the proper distance and elevation gain and grade. Mount Henning was perfect.
2wd access we drove up to the main snowmobile parking lot, you can pay 10 dollars to park in their lot and use their little warming and changing hut, or you can park about 1km away at the washrooms where break-ins have happened. We paid the 10 bucks. We started up the freshly groomed snowmobile road which saw heavy use over the weekend. We were there mid week and were the only car in the lot to start.
We found the Mount Henning fsr/ snowmobile road and started up it, it is pretty steep at the start and we have a really good freeze-thaw in effect to just walk in boots on for quick travel. After a few kilometers of road we reached a big junction. There are snowmobile trails all over the place and took the one that would lead us to Henning Hut. A giant hut for the snowmobilers.
After a nice break in the hut, we decided to take a direct line up the face to the summit rather than taking one of the snowmobile trails that goes out of the way to get to the top. It was probably my idea to do this but both parents agreed to give it a shot. We find some old snowmobile tracks to follow but eventually lost them in newer snow and had to put on the snowshoes.
Taking this route was more of an adventure with my mom leading the charge, we topped out on Henning. The views towards Merritt were bland as usual but the views towards the main Hwy 5 peaks were quite impressive from this angle.
We rambled over to another bump that looked to be close in height and then decided to start down back to the hut. By now the snow was starting to soften up so the plunging down steep slopes was easy on the joints. We had another good breaking inside the hut then zipped down the main FSR back to the parking lot. By this point in the day more sleds were out and about ripping around but nothing too annoying for mid-week.
We hung out in the parking lot mini hut having some spiced rum and tea. It was good to get out on a trip with both of them so early in the season and hope to sneak another summer trip in with them if I can find a good one none of us have done before.