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post #676 of (permalink) Old 06-25-2017, 09:53 PM
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Jun 23 - Railroad Pass: Still a bit of snow in the marshy areas near the road. The trail was mostly snow covered but open patches would make it a pain to ski. By treeline, the snow is continuous and skiing would be good above. We climbed the E Ridge of Face Mtn with a nice snow arete and three pitches of rock to the summit ridge. Big cornices up there still. Butt slid most of the way down the glacier to Semaphore Lakes.
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post #677 of (permalink) Old 06-25-2017, 11:42 PM
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June 25 - Lions Binkert Trail: Nice and dry up until the last bit of the forest when you hit hard packed snow with a hint of ice (around 1,100 meters). Used micro-spikes from there and up to 1,300 meters where I turned around not having ice axe and didn't feel brave enough for a Sunday late morning Once you get into alpine and sun it softens up a bit but not a whole lot. Round trip roughly 02:50 with a short break for pics: link here (go right for 7 pictures) and probably it will give a better idea of what is like up there than me
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post #678 of (permalink) Old 06-27-2017, 01:27 AM
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June 24 - Went up Empetrum Peak in Garibaldi via the Cheakamus Lake trailhead. Trail is in great shape with snow starting at 1380m. Still lots of snow once you reach Helm Creek campground. Snowshoes are not needed.
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post #679 of (permalink) Old 06-29-2017, 04:18 PM
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Very nice! Did you approach from the south ridge? I'd like to do this as a day trip but I feel like I can expect to be up to my ass in snow if I try to approach from the north.

Also, anyone been up to Crown recently?
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post #680 of (permalink) Old 06-29-2017, 06:16 PM
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June 24 - Went up Empetrum Peak in Garibaldi via the Cheakamus Lake trailhead. Trail is in great shape with snow starting at 1380m. Still lots of snow once you reach Helm Creek campground. Snowshoes are not needed.
wow, great pics. A few more words of description and you could have made this into full trip report. Really nice

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post #681 of (permalink) Old 06-30-2017, 03:18 PM
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Headed up to Dog Mountain last night after work to see for myself how the snow was melting. So here is my North shore snow conditions update from my experience at about 1000m elevation. No snow at the parking lot. Patchy snow in the shade starts as soon as you get on to the dog mountain trail. Snow is between 1 inch and 3 feet deep in places and I'd say about half the trail is snow covered. Otherwise the trail is very wet and muddy with all creeks running high and some ponds in unexpected places. No snow on the peak. Did the whole hike in trail runners with some careful footwork. Snowshoes or microspikes would be more hindrance than help since the snow is melting fast. Photo below is from first lake.
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post #682 of (permalink) Old 06-30-2017, 03:37 PM
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Very nice! Did you approach from the south ridge? I'd like to do this as a day trip but I feel like I can expect to be up to my ass in snow if I try to approach from the north.

Also, anyone been up to Crown recently?
I went up the southern ridge from the saddle between Black Tusk & Empetrum.
Also, the snow bridges I used to cross Helm Creek probably won't last much longer, but near the saddle you can just cross the creek barefoot or in sandals.
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post #683 of (permalink) Old 07-02-2017, 01:45 AM
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Mt. Sproatt, as of today. Snow starting at 1400m on SW asp and down to 1350m on Rainbow Lake Trail. Snow supportive with 5-10cm boot pen throughout alpine. Bridge deck replaced this week on the Gin and Tonic Creek suspension bridge.

Watershed ranger on duty this weekend and for the summer...

19 Mile Creek/Kevin's Home Run snowfree to 1500m. 3 yr old black bear in the 1100m elevation area. Trail dry and clear. All deadfall removed.

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post #684 of (permalink) Old 07-04-2017, 01:51 AM
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Default Manning Flower Show July 1-3 2017

July 1 we hiked Skyline 1 from Lightning Lake...only a small patch of snow nearing the tallest bump...lots of flowers!
July 3 we hiked to 3 Brothers on the Heather Trail...A couple 100 foot snowpatches...lots & lots of Flowers
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post #685 of (permalink) Old 07-04-2017, 03:37 AM
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Went to Flora peak, armed with crampons and ice axes - all the reports from mid-July (previous years) were describing a lot of snow, starting at 4th km. Yesterday (July 2nd) the trail from Chilliwack Lake was completely dry, but there was snow on the pass, and down the slopes towards Flora Lake.
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post #686 of (permalink) Old 07-04-2017, 10:38 PM
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July 1 - Went up Mt. Price from the Rubble Creek trailhead. The trail to Garibaldi Lake is snow-free except for a few patches starting shortly reaching before the campground. Nice to see the ice is almost gone from the lake!

After leaving the lake shore, the flagging for the Mt. Price trail is partially obscured by the snow. It was slow moving through all the trees and lava boulders with lots of annoying postholing. After exiting the forest, it was easy kick-steps up Clinker Peak, and from the Clinker/Price col the route up Mt. Price is snow-free.
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post #687 of (permalink) Old 07-04-2017, 10:49 PM
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Nice shots Mark1. Looks as though you stayed the evening up top. How was that? Lot's of room for a few tents you figure?

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Nice shots Mark1. Looks as though you stayed the evening up top. How was that? Lot's of room for a few tents you figure?
I did! The summit is pretty flat so there is tons of room for pitching tents. And unlike down by the lake, or on my Empetrum Peak trip last weekend, there are currently no bugs on Price which was really nice.
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post #689 of (permalink) Old 07-05-2017, 12:38 AM
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For those interested in conditions in Cathedral Park, most of the snow is gone but there is still some lingering up high, especially on shady northern aspects.

Grimface is in good shape to climb right now and the Rim Trail is sublime. Hardly any bugs up there this past weekend, too.
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What's the exposure like on Grimface?
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