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This mountain is the one south of Winchester Mountain, south of Twin Lakes. We parked at the Yellow Aster Bute Trailhead and walked over 3.5 km just to reach the trailhead for Twin Lakes. The walk was nicely scenic, and this was the only option as my car did not qualify as a high clearance vehicle. There are some streams, low spots, and high spots on the road which could high-center a typical low-clearance car.

Janice joined me on this trip, and for both of us it is A new mountain and another one to strike off my list. which started out in blue skies and sunshine... and ended with cloud and a little light rain.
We carpooled at Bromley's about 7:40 am, and from there drove my car to the Yellow Aster Bute Trailhead. Car rather low clearance, and did bump a stone on the way up. We parked, geared up, and set out for the walk along the road to Twin Lakes. High clearance vehicles required, so we did the 3.5 km walk to the Twin lakes trailhead.
A pretty walk, nicely scenic. A few snow banks along the road near the top, everyone is forced to park just before the Trailhead sign, as it is mostly continuous snow around the lakes, elevation about 1560 - 1565 meters.
We walked along the south shores of the lakes, a few clear sections of road, and then up a steep slope of snow and up. This after we talked to a young couple who had walked up and down with no gear. We used microspikes to make our way up to the top.
Hike: start 9:45 am and returned at 6 pm with about 14 km return including a 100 meter elevation gain hike up Winchester to check on snow. Opted to head back, as clouds were darkening and covering the top of Winchester.

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WALK FROM YELLOW ASTER BUTE TRAILHEAD - TO TWIN LAKES TRAILHEAD

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WALK, HIKE FROM SNOWY FLATS AROUND TWIN LAKES UP to EAST END OF LITTLE BEAR MTN AND THEN UP...

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Nice! Really enjoyed your pictures, Karl. I take it that your distance of 14 km return didn't include the 7 miles of road walking. Lots of people already doing YAB by the looks of it. Hello Janice, you're looking good!
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Nice! Really enjoyed your pictures, Karl. I take it that your distance of 14 km return didn't include the 7 miles of road walking. Lots of people already doing YAB by the looks of it. Hello Janice, you're looking good!

Thank you Hedda; the 14 km return does include the road walk; about half of the total was done on the road.

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GPS Tracks and Google Image:

Note Waypoint No.98 marks the trailhead for Yellow Aster Bute Hike & Tomyhoi Peak
Note Waypoint No.99 marks the trailhead for Twin Lakes/Winchester Mtn Hike. & Little Bear


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Walk from YAB TH including Little Bear Hike
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So the road is actually open if you have a HC car?

According to the rangers: "Road blocked by snow after Yellow Aster Butte Trailhead. Twin Lakes at mile 7. "

If that the case or they didn't update their site?
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So the road is actually open if you have a HC car?

According to the rangers: "Road blocked by snow after Yellow Aster Butte Trailhead. Twin Lakes at mile 7. "

If that the case or they didn't update their site?
That is correct; driveable right to the Twin Lakes Trailhead sign you see in the photo. about 3.5 km from the Yellow Aster Bute trailhead. A few pickups with trailers parked there, and people were driving their snowmobiles all over the flats and up the snowy part of the slopes.

Past the trailhead sign, roads further into the campground covered by a few feet or more of snow.

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