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There's a note from 2005 by Justin Brown that he once tried to access Gabbro Mountain by way of the old Hanging Creek logging spur off the Widgeon Lake trail on the east side of the mountain but found this spur to be impassable with alders. In 2021, the bottom of the Hanging Creek spur is cut off by the loss of the bridge over Hanging Creek. BC Parks said April 20th, "The bridge crossing at Hanging Creek failed last winter. We are looking at options to repair or replace. The [Widgeon...

Mick Bailey has provided these enjoyable reads from forays to Mamquam River, Seed Peak and Mount Gillespie. The so-called retreads are of rough-cut stones of a certain age, temperment and ingrained habit. They tell a tall tale, drink beer from glasses, never stretch and never overnight when a good death march will suffice. The Retreads Grapple Gillespie In Two Summer Days, Mick and friend Chris B flee from a bear and thus ends their attempt on Pinecone Peak. Unnerved and then duped by...

Date: 2001.09.15 Approach from the Norton Lake Branch of Indian River Main. Bushwhack from the end of the road north of the lake through heavy bush to Joseph Lake. Follow the west side of Joseph Lake to gain steep timber leading to the south ridge. The first crux is a Class 3 vegetable belay to reach the knoll at 5200ft. Drop down to the gap beyond (possible Class 3) and follow rocky outcrops and heather to the summit. The photo was taken from the 5200ft knoll on the south ridge and shows...

Fools Gold Route

Photos from 1992 to 1994 by Joe Foy of Wilderness Committee. The album shows the scouting of the Fools Gold Route between Widgeon and Boise valleys. {gallery}PineconeBurkeExplorers/TripReports/FoolsGold{/gallery}

Crawford Peak

{GPSCONTENT ["id": 194, "description": 1, "elevation": 1, "speed": 1, "hr": 1]} Crawford Peak lies in the northwest corner of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park. It's easiest to reach it from Watersprite Lake Recreation Area. There are two access routes from Watersprite Lake. The northwest glacier on Crawford Creek can be skied and egress is from Skookum Creek East Fork and out over Skullhead Pass to the Watersprite Lake trail. The east fork is not recommended for travel once the snow is...

This short traverse links the Knothole Lake trail to the Seed Peak trail. Parties have gone both ways. The crux section is north of the col between KSP and Seed Peak (shown in the first photo below). In summer, the ridge crest can be followed on good rock. In winter, the sharp divide presents a problem. Parties travel on snow slopes west of the divide.  Approaching Seed Peak from KSP. Pinecone Peak in the background. Alan Blair photo. The route taken by Alan Blair's party in spring...

Knothole Ski Peak

In March of 2019 we got lucky. Graham R. from Black Tusk Snowmobile Club let me know that the Mamquam FSR had been plowed for winter logging on the approach to Knothole Lake. It meant we could drive part way up, which considerably lessened the length of approach. In mid-March we found a sunny day midweek and a party of four backcountry skiers headed up. We parked near the logging area at 750 meters elevation. That's only part of the difficulties. We had to find the old logging road called...

Dreadnought Peak sits on the southern boundary of Garibaldi provincial park about 1 kilometer west of the boundary of Pinecone Burke provincial park. It's a great ski peak. Access is normally from Watersprite Lake. It requires a very steep climb up from the lake on a south-facing slope. There can be avalanche danger that can be compounded by buried layers of suncrust, surface warming and other influences. This is a trip for experienced backcountry skiers. It should not be attempted when...

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