High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Smurf Village, BC, Canada.
Interest: hiking, exploring, reading, random shiny things
Hiked Skid Trail from base of Squamish Gondola on Jan 3. A couple of icy sections - I slipped once (going up!). Heavy snowfall on Jan 4 has hidden some of the ice under an inch of snow potentially adding risk. Bring crampons.
A couple of concerns:
- I witnessed a couple heading up with two dogs. Well trained dogs can do it, but if they see a small animal, there is certainly risk of them falling off a cliff. Having had to retrieve a friend's pet last year, I hope others keep this in mind.
- Same couple was putting full body weight on the one really long rope. It's old and weathered. Handy for a few ounces of assistance, but I wouldn't recommend hanging off it (and the other assist ropes).
- This "closed" trail is quite visible to tourists. If you go, try to go before opening times, or try to minimize the time you're visible to gondola riders.