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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-03-2013, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Default Multi-day Trip suggestions - End of June

Hello, new user long time reader here.

Looking for suggestions on a ~5 day +/- backpacking trip for the end of June. Prefer to have some alpine component, but I realize that the last week of June may be a bit early for many places. Party is fit and has reasonable experience with multi-day trips, scrambling, mild exposure etc.

Was thinking maybe the rock-wall trail but not sure if this is too early for that.

Or perhaps a route through the south chilcotins, spruce lake park area.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-03-2013, 03:38 PM
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Hey J

Rockwall would be mostly open by end of June, but it all depends on how warm and dry the spring is (so far so good, eh!). You're likely to find substantial snowpatches in places across the passes.
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Most likely you will run into patches of deep snow on Rockwalll, Tumbling and Floe Passes. Shouldn't be too bad if you don't mind some postholing and going to cross those passes in the morning to take use of the melt-freeze effect. Floe Lake CG most likely will be closed for reservation till 2nd week of July.

These photos were taken on July 6 near the highpoint of Rockwall Pass:

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Berg Lake is option if you haven't been there before.

Trail should be snow free and campgrounds dry. Still not so many crowds, with chunks of ice falling off Berg/Mist glaciers and floating in the lake. There are many options to fill 3 days, assuming other 2 are hike in/out. Snowbird Pass usually opens up July 1.

You could even hike part of North Boundary to Chown River. It is about 25km from Robson Pass 1-way; very remote/exploratory feel, supposed to be quite scenic and solitude guaranteed.
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Marble Range near Clinton. High ridges often snow cleared by May. Limestone/Karst topography with some very walkable ridges. Unlikely you'll see anyone else.

Might have to use some game trails in the area, but definitely will be ready by June--even before the South Chilcotins.

Lots of reports here on Clubtread for the area.
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Thanks all for the information. I think we are going to try for the Rockwall trail with the understanding of the possible snow patches etc.

Any suggestions for side trips / scrambling opportunities while in the area? Be nice to spend an extra day or so and be able to drop the packs for some off-trail rambling.

Thanks,
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Just note that it is more of a definite snow patches, with the possible in the question of size. There are some markers along the way as long as it's not too deep.

Excellent side trips are Goodsir Pass, from Helmet Falls, and Numa Mountain from Numa Pass.
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Well after preparing and planning for the Rockwall, it appears that the recent rainfall has forced a change in plans. The national park office for the Kootenays says they are finding people in the back country and asking them to leave due to mudslide, river flooding, etc concerns - so although ready to leave this evening we will require a change in plans.

Have all gear packed and ready for 5-6 days, any further suggestions for a trip we can re-route too?

Marble range?

Any recent beta on the South Chilcotins?

Any other suggestions?
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Trail info as of a few days ago (by LeeL):

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Spruce-...June-2013.html



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I was in to Berg Lake June 13-16 and the trail is in good shape.

We did a day trip up Toboggan Falls to the cave and found a bit of snow which may be gone by now.

You might want to make reservations for camp sites as it was starting to get busy.
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