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Crawford Peak ski loop

Trail Authorization Status: Route
This is a one-day ski loop south of Mamquam Mountain. It crosses a provincial recreation area, two mountain passes and enters two provincial parks. The route I describe is about 28 km and 2250 meters gain/loss of elevation.
I put together some notes and maps. Overall, it's an outstanding ski loop but there are some pain points that can be avoided by consulting the notes.
  1. Take the winter route to Watersprite Lake. At the swamp, climb up to the summer trail to the lake.
  2. Go over the Gibson-Watersprite col (1780 m).
  3. Descend about 500 meters into Crawford Creek headwaters.
  4. Climb up to Crawford Peak.
  5. Descend the NW glacier into the east fork of Skookum Creek.
  6. Stay on the south side near the valley bottom but one heinous section is bypassed by crossing snow bridges over the creek to the north and then back south. Might be more difficult in May as snow bridges melt out. It is a dangerous creek. You would likely not survive if you fell in one of the big holes or a snow bridge collapsed.
  7. Near 1190 m climb up and over Skullhead Pass (1330 m). You might be tempted to avoid this climb at your own peril by staying in creek valley of the east fork.
  8. Pick up a logging road near 1200 meters west of the pass. Follow it down to the Watersprite Lake trail (summer trail).
  9. Climb up the trail and ski down to the swamp on the winter route. Go down the summer trail at your own peril. Seems good and it is except for a couple of potentially nasty bits and a long slog back from the dam.
Category: Sea to Sky Ski Trips one year ago
Paul Kubik
Created one year ago

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Min Elevation
783 m
Total Distance
23.68 km
Max Elevation
2039 m
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Total Elevation Gain
2373 m
Track Points
1601
Total Elevation Loss
1991 m
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