The six of us started at the Cathedral Grove parking lot. We followed the cabin road to the start of the trail, from there it is a steep hike up to the deteriorating railroad tracks. After a short wander along the tracks it was time for more uphill hiking until we reached the logging road followed by the last uphill section to the summit for lunch.
Even though all the weather forecasts predicted clearing around mid-day, it wasn’t until we were back at Cameron Lake that the sun broke through.
When we returned to our vehicles, what had been an empty parking lot was now full of noisy vehicles and people, a stark contrast to the peaceful hike we had just completed.
The original plan was 2 mountains in one day. Summit Maple first, then Mount Richards in the afternoon. Time commitments for a few members of our group prevented them from committing to Richards. So, as we got our gear together in the Osborne Bay Road parking lot, we dropped Richards from the plan, and decided to explore Maple Mountain only.
It was a horrible day for a club meeting. The sun was shining, birds singing, and a light breeze chilled the air to keep us from overheating.
Our group of seven spent a little over three hours exploring the first two ridges. By the time we arrived back at the parking lot, we had completed a 10.5 km loop with just about 400 meters elevation gain.
The Mount Benson Project continues to roll along. During the summer, we spent our time diverting water and shoring up the eroding bank. Since then, we have been reluctant to do any work that relies on the integrity of the work previously done. When the fall rains arrived, we examined the results of the work, and it appears that most of the water is being diverted off the trail. Though there is still more work to be done in this area, we are ready to move into some other areas of work.
On Wednesday, October 30, Dustin and Matthew loaded their backpacks and set out with adhesive, rebar, and hammer drill do work that added steps in a few key places within our section.
–submitted by Matthew Lettington
The hike to Green Mountain is always popular. Before the trip, I was turning way interested members as I already had 18 participants and a healthy waitlist. But as the forecast turned, participants started cancelling. By the time the day arrived, we were left with just seven hikers.
On Saturday, October 28th, I led a group of 9 –including a
13-month-old—to the summit of Mount Apps. The sun may have been shining but
that did not offer much reprieve from the biting cold and bitter wind.
Our late September trip to Pinder Peak was fantastic! The combination of a dry, cool day on a snow-free route filled with plenty of alpine berries reminded me why I (sometimes) love fall hiking! This trip was very different from my first trip to Pinder Peak.
If you’ve ever driven along by Atluk Lake, you’ve probably spotted the Pinder massif out your window. It rises from the wooded shores of the lake as a rocky tower that begs the mountaineer to climb it. The summit massif is marked by two prominent features, either of which is a worthy objective, though the subpeak is probably more of a challenge.
Total Distance: 14.0 km
Starting Elevation: 360 m
Maximum Elevation: 1550 m
Total Elevation Gain: 1223 m
Total Time: 7 hours