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From the flat-lands, where I developed an odd affinity for elevation. Kinda fill the realm of weekend adventurer, save for one or two good trips a year.

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by: granolapher Mon Jul 09 03:06:20 UTC 2012    
 
 
Mt. Brunswick
Distance: 16.5km (from the school parking lot) Ascent time: 3.5hrs
Elevation gain: 1550m Summit: 1785m Average Grade: 21%

We decided to head to Mt. Brunswick on Saturday to enjoy the (finally) nice weather. Unfortunately we had to park at the school; due to the volume of people hiking up the Lions.

The lower portion of the trail to Brunswick was well marked and very obvious; but becoming grown in at spots.

The 1st half of the upper portion of the trail winds steeply through an old logging cut.

The 2nd half of the upper portion is still mostly snow covered, with well consolidated snow.

The summit was entirely clear from snow, we had solitude and great views of Howe Sound and the Lions.




by: granolapher Mon Jun 27 23:21:48 UTC 2011    
 
 
Oyster Dome

Distance Return:10.5km Time: 3Hrs
elevation gain: 588m Summit: 617m

This is an extremely well marked and maintained trail, which has a lot of traffic, but excellent views of Puget sound, and the San Juan islands.



by: granolapher Mon Jun 20 16:46:41 UTC 2011    
 
 
Elk Moutnain to Mount Thurston.
Distance Return:14.6Km Time: 4.5-5hrs
Elevation Gain: 996m Summit: 1626m

The trail is well marked with chips and flagging tape, and in good condition with muddy sections near the top of Elk Mountain. There is quite a bit of well consolidated snow near the top of Mount Thurston.



by: granolapher Wed Sep 01 15:43:48 UTC 2010    
 
 
Crown Mountain (via Grouse Mtn, and Little Goat Mtn)
Distance Return: 7.6km, Time:4.5-5hrs
Elevation Gain:1409m,
Summit: Grouse Mtn: 1231m, Little Goat Mtn: 1323m, Crown Mtn: 1504m



After reaching the top of the Grind, we followed the extremely well marked trail to the junction for the summit of Little goat Mtn.
After a little backtracking we regained the ridge trail, descended through some slippery well packed dirt (Clay even?) into the crown pass. A short very easy scramble up another extremely well marked trail led to the summit of Crown Mtn.



by: granolapher Wed Sep 01 15:15:34 UTC 2010    
 
 
Tantalus Range- Iota Mtn, Mt. Pelops, Mt. Niobe (From Sandspit campsite)

Distance Return: approx 5 Km, Time: 6hrs
Elevation Gain: 995m
Summit: Iota Mtn- 1840m, Mt. Pelops- 2015m, Mt. Niobe- 2021m

Connected Niobe/Pelops/Iota via Omega-Niobe Basin. Moderate scrambling over rock ramps, easy snow slopes, and slab. Route finding in in the Pelops-Niobe Col. is complicated by dense undergrowth.



by: granolapher Wed Sep 01 14:58:33 UTC 2010    
 
 
Tantalus Provincial Park- Lake Lovely water (sandspit camp)

Distance Return: 10Km (3hrs each direction)
Elevation Gain:1165m

Crossed the Squamish River by Tyrolean traverse. Hiked into the sandspit campsite to climb in the Tantalus range.
The trail is well marked and obvious, although quiet steep. May camp at the Sandspit Campsite, Russian Army Campsite, or ACC hut.



by: granolapher Mon Aug 09 17:44:17 UTC 2010    
 
 
West Lion Summit
Distance, return: 15km, Time: 7hrs
Elevation gain: 1280m. Summit 1525m

Via the new lions trail. The trail is very well markedwith chips, tape, and paint. Steep grade over the majority of the trail, with a scramble to gain the true summit. There are fixed ropes to descent into the saddle with, showing some weathering although they still appear to be in relatively good condition.

Entire trail is well marked with both chips and tape. The middle third of the hike was extremely boggy, and quite grown in, with significant dead-fall to negotiate. The top third was covered with well consolidated snow.



by: granolapher Mon Jul 19 17:27:35 UTC 2010    
 
 
Mt. Alouette.

Distance, return: 17km, Time: 7hrs
Elevation gain: 1100m. Summit 1361m

Entire trail is well marked with both chips and tape. Some new trail grooming on the bottom third, the middle third of the hike was a little wet, and quite grown in, with significant dead-fall to negotiate. The top third had some remaining, weak snow cover, with all the rocky sections exposed and dry.



by: granolapher Mon Jul 05 01:46:15 UTC 2010    
 
 
West Coast Trail.
Distance: 75km, Time: 7 Days
Max Elevation approx 200m

Day 1. Took the water taxi from Port Renfrew to Bamfield.
Pachena Trailhead to Michegan Creek.
Day 2. Michegan Creek to Tsusiat Falls.
Day 3. Tsusiat Falls to Cribs Creek.
Day 4. Cribs to Bonilla.
Day 5. Bonilla to Cullite.
Day 6. Cullite to 150 Yard Creek.
Day 7. 150 Yard Creek to Gordon Trailhead.

Good weather, trail in generally good repair, minimal mud.



by: granolapher Mon Jun 07 02:15:09 UTC 2010    
 
 
Mt. Alouette.

Distance, return: 17km, Time: 7hrs
Elevation gain: 1100m. Summit 1361m

Entire trail is well marked with both chips and tape. The middle third of the hike was extremely boggy, and quite grown in, with significant dead-fall to negotiate. The top third was covered with well consolidated snow.




by: granolapher Sun Sep 13 15:41:15 UTC 2009    
 
 
Elfin Lakes.
Distance: 21km (return) 4-5hrs
Elevation gain: 600m
Trail head: 954109 92G14 (Cheakamus River)

Park in the diamond head parking lot: Follow Hwy 99 4km north of Squamish. Turn right onto Mamquam Road eastbound, this will become a logging road taking you directly to the parking area. Parking is $3.00, cash only.

The trail is extremely well developed, with large amounts of traffic. The majority of the elevation gain occurs in the first 4-5km, averaging about a 5% grade. 5km will lead you to the Red Heather Hut. From here the majority of the time is spent in alpine meadows, with beautiful views. Another 6km from the red heather hut are the elfin lakes, and cabins.

Route finding is extremely easy, trails are very well maintained, and traffic is very high. This is an excellent hike for someone less than confident in their navigation skills.



by: granolapher Sun Aug 16 05:19:05 UTC 2009    
 
 
Jasper National Park- Roche Miette.

Distance return: 13km, Time: 4 hrs
elevation gain: 1309m, Summit: 2319

The trail head is 3.5km southwest of Pocahontas/ miette hot springs road.

A good trail, difficult enough to keep most people away, rated as a moderate class 4 scramble. The trail marking at the beginning can be confusing, make sure you don't take the first cairn indicated trail. The grade is pretty constant, and at the summit you can traverse to the north face cliff, as well as Capitol Mountain (5Km additional).

The trail was completely dry, so bring ample water.



by: granolapher Sun Jun 28 18:40:50 UTC 2009    
 
 
Distance, return: 13km, Time: 5.5-7hrs
elevation gain: 890m Summit: 2100m
Trailhead: 355 953 Map: 92H11 (Spuzzum)
Needle peak is across from Yak Peak just off the Coquihalla, 9km south of the old toll booth (zopkios exit; 217). There is a small graveled parking area, below the highway works yard.
The trailhead is 20m SW of the parking area and well indicated with a sign.
The first hour of the hike is quite steep, through the forest. This gains a subalpine meadow and ridge. The ridge will take you to the base of the west ridge. The summit is gained by the well marked (cairns) west ridge through to short moderate sections of scrambling.



by: granolapher Sun Jun 21 22:37:11 UTC 2009    
 
 
Tetrahedron Provincial Park- Mt Steele, via bachelor lake-edward lake.

Parking lot: 10 U 450565 5494433
Trail Junction (bachelor lake trail): 10 U 451938 5494054Bach Lake Cabin: 10 U 452795 5493331
Edwards Lake Cabin: 10 U 455006 5493508
Steele Summit Cabin: 10 U 456410 5494807

Snow was in good condition, could be done return in 6-7 hrs.



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