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.
WALK FROM YELLOW ASTER BUTE TRAILHEAD - TO TWIN LAKES TRAILHEAD
WALK, HIKE FROM SNOWY FLATS AROUND TWIN LAKES UP to EAST END OF LITTLE BEAR MTN AND THEN UP...