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post #976 of (permalink) Old 11-20-2021, 11:29 PM
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Quick trip up Hollyburn today to check conditions for the North shore mountains. There is snow on the trail all the way from the parking lot. The trail is well packed and supportive, but it is still a bit thin in some places where water is running under the snow, including some weak snow bridge/post holing hazards over streams. Please note that the winter route flagging has not been put in place yet. Most of the traffic today seemed to be using the summer trail. While snowshoes weren’t needed on the trail proper, microspikes are recommended, particularly near the summit where there was ice formation even on the south face. Pay attention to snow accumulating between the teeth of your microspikes - it was balling up significantly today.

Temperatures this afternoon ranged from 1șc at the parking lot to -2șc at the summit. Snow depth at the summit is currently between 70-75cm. Probing to ground, I felt two crusts. A hard rain crust about 15cm down, and another hard crust about 30cm down. Didn’t dig down to find out what it was. On top of the rain crust, there was about 15cm of loose but consolidating powder.
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post #977 of (permalink) Old 11-21-2021, 08:49 PM
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Another short winter hike this weekend. A local classic: Dog Mountain trail on Mt. Seymour. Lots of traffic today. It was warm on the mountain with temperature at the parking lot at 1șC while temperatures at the lookout ranged from 3-5șC. The trail to First Lake is in fantastic condition. Hard packed snow with a few embedded pebbles here and there. Generally good traction except for some steeper inclines. Someone even managed to get an RC car going on the trail. Lakes and water courses are not fully frozen of course. Just slushy surfaces mostly with thin ice where there is calm water. Beyond First Lake, the trail continuing to Dog Mountain lookout is not as well filled. Lots of exposed roots, rocks with a thin covering of slushy snow. Prudent to wear microspikes and exercise caution in those areas.

For the most part, snow coverage on and near the trail is about 10-15cm. Some lee areas snow coverage between 30-37cm. The same double crusts observed at Hollyburn were present here in the deeper parts of the snowpack, at 15 and 20cm down approximately.
Seemed to be quite a few ski tourers at the parking lot. I didn’t go higher than 1055m, but I presume coverage is better closer to Brockton Point. While the resort is still closed, seemed like Ski Patrol was quite busy keeping people from tobogganing within the resort boundary.

Freezing level is expected to rise mid week to above 2000m. The combination of warmth and intensifying rain will likely change conditions on the trail by next weekend.
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Great stuff Andrew and super pics! We needed someone like you. Keep it coming!
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post #979 of (permalink) Old 11-23-2021, 02:12 PM
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-- To add to andrewkyw's post on the Cypress area --

I walked the west half of the Baden Powell trail on Sunday. The trail up to the bluffs was mostly clear, with hints of snow starting at ~650m. The boulder field was looking festive with a light dusting of snow, but easily passable with a bit of care. The bluffs themselves were clear of snow right up to the viewpoint. From there the trail was very well compacted, with about 30-40 cm of snow. Ski season is now on, so the BP access towards Hollyburn is closed; had to cut in from the parking lot. The trail is less well trodden from there to the Hollyburn trail, but still fine without snowshoes. The snow was mostly gone once outside Cypress park (below 800-850m).
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post #980 of (permalink) Old 11-25-2021, 11:07 AM
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There is a washout on the Pierce Lake trail just before where a creek flows under a footbridge. The soil is so saturated that it gives way and makes walking across difficult.
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More destruction in Chilliwack Valley. There is a massive slide which took out a portion of the Trans Canada Trail. The slide extends from the roadway (at top) down to the Chilliwack River. This portion of the trail was once forested.
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