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post #16 of (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 10:23 PM
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We hiked Skyline Ridge in Manning Park from the campground to Strawberry flats on Sunday (Oct 26) The campground was still snow free, but there was about 9" on the ridge. It was snowing lightly most of the day.

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post #17 of (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 11:33 PM
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Trails are pretty wet at lower elevations.

[u]On bike (Squamish)</u>:
Crumpet Creek Cruise - is pretty much a stream right now
Access Trail from Valleycliff heading NW to Pipe Trail etc passes through 8 inch puddles (good for cleaning dirt off your shoes)

Alice Lake area:
Tiny mushrooms are taking over Debeck's Grind.
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Christmas Gulley to Mt. Strachan at Cypress Bowl is in good condition. No snow yet but some ice on the trees. On the way down, the trail in the woods that passes the crash site is wet in many places, probably better to walk down the road/ski run.
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post #19 of (permalink) Old 10-29-2014, 06:15 PM
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What a great trip... How difficult was the creek crossing?

There are lots of options to return by different routes to the top of prospect from Thunderbird Ridge...
Sorry for the late reply. The creek crossing was not difficult at all...easy rock hopping across.

Ya, lots of trails going all over the place up there. It's your backyard, so I am sure you are scratching your head at how inefficient our route was from Prospect. It was our first time. : )
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November 1, 2014

Hollyburn Lodge/Hollyburn Mt./Mt. Strachan/Christmas Gully/Black Mt./road walk back to Hollyburn Lodge.

Icy for most of the trip, especially the north side descent from the south peak of Strachan. Christmas gully was slickery too. Minor snow above 1300m.

Looking east, north and west from Mt. Strachan. Been awhile since we have had to share a summit. : )




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Hollyburn Lodge/Hollyburn Mt./Mt. Strachan/Christmas Gully/Black Mt./road walk back to Hollyburn Lodge.

Icy for most of the trip, especially the north side descent from the south peak of Strachan. Christmas gully was slickery too. Minor snow above 1300m.
Lovely views! Yes, very slick above ~1300 all over North Shore. I was again on Habrich ridge and had problems scrambling slippery boulders that had thin sheet of ice; slide at one point resulted with minor cut (hand), nothing serious. Will add more details in my on-going Habrich thread.
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Lynn Peak to S Needle trail is in good shape. Same with the Hydraulic Creek trail back down. A bit slippery, but what can one expect for this time of the year. Both trails are clear and easy to follow; seems like a reasonable amount of traffic going on them.
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Nov. 2, 2014

Hiked De Pencier Bluffs at Seymour with my sister this afternoon. No photos, as it was wet and cold for my camera hands; however, some very nice fall colours, especially around the numerous small tarns. Mystery Lake also very pretty in the low cloud today. Trail is in quite good shape, some flagging starting to fade and break down but the footbed is well worn.

Wet slushy snow falling at the top of the Bluffs. We saw only a Raven, no one more.

Thanks for all recent updates. This thread is a good idea, especially since our local conditions can be so changeable.
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post #24 of (permalink) Old 11-03-2014, 05:44 PM
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Elfin Lakes update, 1 Nov 2014.

No issues with the road, just watch for potholes. Trail was snow-free until Red Heather meadows, patchy until the hiking and biking trails merge, then mostly continuous but only 4-6 inches deep. Anywhere exposed to the sun for any length of time was melting fast which quickly turned muddy. Very little snow near the cabin. Snow shoes definitely not needed yet.

A mother bear and two cubs were spotted in Red Heather meadows by one of the mountain bikers - all we saw were a few paw-prints. Still a few berries up there too but don't wait until the afternoon when they turn to mush and explode all over your fingers...

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Nov 2 2014
Went up to Joffre hoping to find some deeper snow up near Tszil glacier. Still lots of exposed rocks underneath the glacier. I didn't venture up onto the glacier - many open crevasses were visible and probably some hidden under a thin veneer of snow. Probably need another meter before this is really skiable.

Did one short run down a shallow gully on the scree slope. But hey, at least I got some turns in!
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post #26 of (permalink) Old 11-08-2014, 08:32 PM
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Anyone know how much snow is around the duffy? Blowdown Pass access? Manning? Snowshoes required for something like Frosty?
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Snow free up to 1200m in the Yale area, I'd imagine the same out towards manning.
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post #28 of (permalink) Old 11-09-2014, 09:41 AM
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What was snow free yesterday now has 2"-3" on it today!!

North Emory creek FSR @ 11.5km / 1220m.
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A group of about 10 people went trail clearing & brushing yesterday in Airplane Creek, working on the deactivated road section (apparently once you get in the forest the trail is much better). We didn't get the whole thing done but we got about 2 km done with a half km still to do. Thanks to Chilliwack Mountaineering Club for organizing and loaning us loppers and stuff.
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November 9, 2014

Prospect Road/Cascade Trail/Mosquito Creek/chicken out at crossing Mosquito Creek...




...back up Cascade Trail and sketchy bridge...




...quick left on unknown trail/left on old Grouse Mt. Hwy./chicken out at crossing Mosquito Creek again up higher/follow Mosquito Creek Trail(?)/left on Grouse Mt. Hwy./right on slushy Mt. Fromme Trail...




Mt. Fromme. : )




Our summit selfie. : )




Descended Bill's Trail/Per Gynt Trail/unknown steep trail back down to the Cascade Trail and back to car at Prospect Road.

First signs of snow around 850m. Maybe 5cm on Fromme (1175m). Really liked the Mosquito Creek Trail, if that is what it is called.

Trip stats didn't reset properly at the car, so all I know is this enjoyable loop took us 5 1/2 hours.

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