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Ash Pass #63 (McParlon-Pebble Pass)
SaddleHeight: 1550 m (5085 ft)
Key Peak: Mount Sampson
Lat Long: (from Mtn Saddle) 50.7217,-123.2567
Prominence (depth) is 1261m below Mount Sampson.
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Bridge-Lillooet Divide

The area is covered in volcanic ash. The pass gives access to numerous glacial complexes and mountainous terrain south of the Bridge River at the west end of Downton Lake. The closest road access is the MacParlon Main off the Bridge River FSR.

It is a three hour hike to Ash Pass (McParlon-Pebble, el. 5150') from the end of the road. A rough route is sporadically flagged requiring bushcraft to follow it. There may be a better trail now. There is one major slide alder patch before the crossing of McParlon Creek. The route is easily lost. There is considerable deadfall and mountain azalea thickets. Count on making one kilometer per hour. A too skinny-log footbridge bridges McParlon Creek but may be submerged at high water. Grizzly tracks may be encountered. Although some minor work was done recently on the route it is rumored to be a former trail for a trapline. It is also rumored by the Lillooet First Nations that a trapper's cabin used to exist in the pass. There is some good tree skiing to be had off "Secret Ridge" to the east of the pass.

See <a href=FtrPg.asp?FtrId=556>Pebble Creek Hut</a>


46 1999.05.01 North Creek to Pebble Creek ski Paul Kubik
47 1993.05.01 Athelney Pass - Frost Fiend Ski Traverse Brian Waddington

Placename Photos
Icemaker Mountain from Ash Pass Paul Kubik
Ash Pass 90 panorama Paul Kubik