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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-27-2016, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Default Fissile peak route times

I'm having trouble piecing this together with confidence from my Googling. Could anyone help me figure out how long this would take for a hiker of with a fitness level maybe slightly better than "moderate"?

Starting at the top of the Peak chair:

Option 1
Whistler Peak to Russet Lake via Musical Bumps --> Russet Lake to Fissile Mountain summit via "route 1" (I think) --> Russet Lake to the Roundhouse via the High Note trail

Option 2
Whistler Peak to Russet Lake via Musical Bumps --> Russet Lake to Fissile Mountain summit via "route 1" (I think) --> Russet Lake to Whistler village via Singing Pass

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Whistler Peak to Russet Lake ~ 5-6 hours

Not sure about Fissile, but shouldn't take more than a couple hours. Overlord took 4 hours (one way).

Return via Singing Pass is about 3 hours. It's a really boring trail though.
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Thanks for that. Is the Musical Bumps trail really up and down or something?

It seems odd that the route out would be twice the time as the return via singing pass given it's half the distance and starts at a higher elevation?
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If you want to do the loop and camp at Russet Lake, I'd hike in vis singing pass. Long but easy goong. Then camp and you can easily do overlord, and Fissile on the same day then hike out via musical bumps and take the chair down. Just my 2 cents.

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Yeah I was originally planning on camping but I unexpectedly have this Friday off and the weather looks amazing. Need to pick someone up at the airport Saturday morning so hoping I can cram Fissile into a day hike.
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* From the village it would be a boring day hike, from the gondola it would be swell but quite long

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Fissile in a day is a long hike (round trip to Russet from the top of the Whistler gondola is about 25km, plus several more for the peak). If you rate yourself as a "moderate" hiker, I think you'd be hard-pressed to make it back to the gondola in time to catch the last ride down.

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also keep in mind that the Whistler gondola starts operating at 10AM (which might make it too late in the day to start such a long hike).
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Thanks for the replies. Sounds like this one will have to wait for an overnighter later in the summer.
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Thanks for that. Is the Musical Bumps trail really up and down or something?

It seems odd that the route out would be twice the time as the return via singing pass given it's half the distance and starts at a higher elevation?
Yes, lots of up and down. From Singing Pass junction (elev. 1725m) to the top of the gondola (elev. 1825m) is 575m elevation gain, 452m elevation loss. I'd estimate 4+ hours of hiking this route. From Singing Pass junction to the village is 3+ hours. For this trip in a day I would start early and hike from the village, maybe take the gondola down if you're hiking on the weekend (open til 8pm).
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Thanks for that. Is the Musical Bumps trail really up and down or something?

It seems odd that the route out would be twice the time as the return via singing pass given it's half the distance and starts at a higher elevation?
You can hold a very fast pace on the Singing pass trail on the way back, because it's all downhill, extremely boring and that helps you hike faster, since there isn't much to see + you just want to get home by this point + your backpack is lighter by now. The Musical bumps trail is very scenic and beautiful, with some ups and downs. I'd come and return via the Bumps if you have the energy.

Here is an elevation graph going to Russet via the Bumps. The biggest bump (or dip) is the one going to the junction with Singing pass trail at around 10km, which you can really feel. Others are minor in my opinion.

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