Betsy and Fern had somehow gotten the idea that Meslillooet was a day trip, and thus would be a very easy day and a half trip. I seemed to remember that Klaus Haring and I had previously taken 3 days, but agreed to try anyway. So we headed out at noon on Saturday, intending to camp at the lakes, climb the peak on Sunday and return.
We drove Betsy's Ford Bronco truck east on Mamquam E100 to a point just west of where it used to cross the upper fork of the Mamquam river. The last part of the road had dozens of tiresome ditches that required the full capeabilities of the Bronco. From the road we headed directly down (south) into the valley. We stayed on the west side of the first branch of the Mamquam river, looking for a good place to cross. We had some difficulty finding a spot but eventually found a huge log. In hindsight, we should have stayed on the old road, and crossed it there.
Once across the first fork, we then contoured over and down into the valley bottom and crossed the valley bottom fork. It is no bigger than the first. Crossing early turned out to be a mistake, since we got into quite a bear garden of slide alder mixed with devil's club.
Eventually we climbed up the steep slope on the opposite side of the valley, and were able to put on our skis for the last part of the ridge. Immediately after cresting the ridge, we dropped down to the upper lake, (which was still frozen) and camped there.
We called the lake "triple point lake" in light of the fact that the peak on the ridge NW of the lake... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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