Excellent day, made it to Excelsior from Damfino Lake Trailhead. 9 km return with 520 meters net elevation gain.... Total time of 5 hours 15 minutes included 1 hour for lunch, and a few other small breaks...
Nice easy trail, with snow nicely consolidated with a soft 2 to 3 cm upper layer. Ziff brought his crampons which were handy; Wilf and I did not, and we managed to keep on the snow without slipping by carefully angling our boot prints into the snow on sloping sections.
Note the last image, map; shows our route marked in orange.
After we returned to trailhead we decided we needed a second adventure; discussed Boundary Trail and recon for Bearpaw.
Canyon Creek Road is accessible, as viewed from Damfino Lake Trailhead
Part of the trail before Damfino Lake, then Damfino Lake.
10 minutes past lake, still patchy snow
Snow cover increased, and depth as well... up to an intermediate hill, north facing here
Trail into forest snow free all the way to major meadow leading up to Excelsior.
Snow cover increased further, almost continuous as go into ravine area, before ascending to saddle west of Excelsior
At Excelsior Summit snow free; flowers grow to snow boundary..
BEARPAW Mountain to west.
Mt. Baker with summit cloud wrap
Table Mountain to south
Views east into Hannegan Valley, Ruth Mountain Visible.
Lunch done, we return taking west slope down from Excelsior.
Getting by beautiful Damfino Lake on way back:
MAP OF ROUTE: -
shows Damfino Lake TH to Excelsior in orange.....