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post #406 of (permalink) Old 02-22-2016, 11:35 AM
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Default Alder Flats - West & East Canyon Trails

Beta on Alder Flats.. the parks site says West Canyon trail is out because of Evans Creek bridge washed out... this is false .. bridge is in... we had this knowledge second had from a group that had come in from the West Canyon Parking lot...

We came up from the Upper & Lower Falls + East Canyon, across bridge and up to the flats from below... super easy to get there... and felt faster this way (minus the Falls sight seeing tour) ... snow started close to the flats.. but only a dusting... the surrounding mountains only had a dusting up to 1200m... much water everywhere though... super saturated trail ... I do not know what the conditions were past the Flats... we turned around as it was socked in about 200m elevation above the flats so there would be no reward for doing the crappy old logging road (rocky ramp thingy) up behind the flats... before it turns up to the ridge... when we arrived there were 3 couples setting up their tents near the helipad and they were wearing mountaineering boots so I assume they would make a bid for the peak the next day.

I am tentatively planning Golden Ears in spring in more wintry conditions but on a bluebird day and use bikes to strip off 1-2 hours... basically ride the East Canyon Trail .. cross the bridge ... push bikes up the trail under Alder flats as far as the intersection with the West Canyon trail, ditch the bikes somewhere nearby and then hike up from there.

Have fun out there and stay safe.


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post #407 of (permalink) Old 02-22-2016, 11:37 PM
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I was up Nutt (most of the way) on Saturday - snow was a few inches up to about 1000m, then quickly increased in depth. I turned around when I was postholing to my knees at ~1100.
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I was up Nutt (most of the way) on Saturday - snow was a few inches up to about 1000m, then quickly increased in depth. I turned around when I was postholing to my knees at ~1100.
We had similar conditions in the Chilliwack River Valley on Saturday, except for the postholing to the knees (although it was close in some parts). We had a mixed bag of almost everything during our trip up to Mercer's east ridge. From a rain/snow mix down at the car (400m) in the morning, to heavy snowfall, hail and welcomed breaks of sunshine up on the ridge. First signs of fresh snow on the ground around 600m, and walking in it full-time around 800m. Didn't encounter old snow underneath this new snow until 1000m or so. Around 1200m the snow got deep very fast as the tree cover thinned out. That is where the snowshoes went on, and it wasn't easy. The new snow from Friday/overnight (20 to 30cm) was dry, but not terribly light. The snowfall underneath that was more dense, but still not supportive for me, so it was quite a battle breaking trail through two big layers of different consistency. All Katie had to deal with was the new snow, and was doing just fine, however. Our first failure at Mercer via this route.



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Wedgemount Glacier is very well bridged now in case any of you going that direction in this HP system, although my trip report will have to wait a day or two.
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post #410 of (permalink) Old 02-27-2016, 09:39 PM
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The Alouette Mountain Fire Access Road through the UBC Research Forest is closed, just beyond the Mike Lakeside Loop trail. The closure probably extends until the area just south of Whiskey West where the original roadway grade had washed out.

A closure announcement was posted on the MKRF website.
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Sun Feb 27/16 - Paul Ridge/Elfin Lakes trail

Road to upper parking lot is completely free of snow. You can skin from/ski to parking lot.

Soft crust warming to comfortable mush later in day. Safe skiing, lots of people enjoying springlike conditions.
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Dug and Dug Jr and I went camping in the lower Stein. Saturday was nice and sunny. Sunday was not.

There is the odd bit of patchy snow and ice near Loop Camp and Devils Staircase but the typical tenting areas are snow-free. The ground is wet and most of the wood is wet too.

Past the waterfall on the far side of Devils Staircase, things get colder and snowier.
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Rockfall blocking the Br 200 FSR off of squamish valley road on the way to tricouni yesterday to ski, about 50m shy of the 4km mark. Went to shovelnose instead.
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Lots and lots of dead falls on Windy Joe.....

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Looking at the mountains from the car, and office.....

Snow level has dropped to 1000 meters; looks like good snow up on the hills.

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Snowshoes were useful above 1000m on the Tunnel Bluffs trail yesterday. Trail is in great shape thanks to Weedwhacker!
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Did an overnight at Earl's Cabin in the Stein on March 12/13. Some blowdown and messy spots past Devil's Camp, but wasn't very hard to get around. Snow patches were also easy to cross. Saw no other campers. Weather was surprisingly beautiful!

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Default Shovelnose conditions update March 19 2016

Went up to Shovelnose creek this past saturday: we drove a 4x4 with chains up to almost 700m elevation- maybe you can do it without chains but it felt safer with them

The snow as very heavy all the way to 1600m and only the last 200m to 1800m were good for nice turns. Good coverage everywhere, too bad the huge snow pillows in the clearcut were impossible to ski due the very heavy snow.
Tons of snowmobiles out there with most the nearby areas tracked out: if you have time and strength there is excellent terrain towards Fee that didn't seem covered by tracks.
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Did an overnight at Earl's Cabin in the Stein on March 12/13. Some blowdown and messy spots past Devil's Camp, but wasn't very hard to get around. Snow patches were also easy to cross. Saw no other campers. Weather was surprisingly beautiful!

Thanks for the update.
So snowshoes wouldnt be necessary?
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No snowshoes needed. There were only about three largish snow patches that were easy enough to slog through. Poles helped in the mushy/slippy spots, but that's just me. Two from our group did fine w/o poles. Conditions were pretty great, other than the blowdown spots.

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