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Sky Pilot from Shannon Creek
Timestamp Free: 2019.04.23 - 01:54:21
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Sky Pilot Group
  (1 days)
Participants: Gary Sutton steep and muddy at times and technical near summit
A nice hike to the base of Sky Pilot in the clouds and wondering what that big pile of snow is doing there.
I'll leave the details of the logging road access to others. Suffice it to say that this approach is from the head of Shannon Creek. Driving past the "Boulders" to the overgrown fork up Shannon Creek, begin hiking here. The road is passable for 4-wheel drive above here but only if you like having the alder trees clean off the underside of your vehicle. On the hike down I passed one motorist who decided to do just that.

After about an hour hiking up the road you reach the end of the road and the beginning of the flagged trail. I have read of several descriptions of how to proceed from the end of the road. I saw only 1 flagged trail from here although ascending directly up the various creek drainages would work as well since alpine is not that far above.

The flagged route starts right at the end of the road and climbs for 30 minutes up a muddy and rooty trail before reaching some nice meadows. Fortunately, the slog up the hill is short and quickly opens up into a meadow and then into scree from below the receding snow pack. Following the drainage below the permanent snow pack the way is steep but short. Now ascend directly up the snow pack until it meets the "pocket" glacier. A short angled crossing up and and across the glacial bowl brings you to "Goat" ridge otherwise known as the west ridge.

But now reality. This all seems simple enough except for the fact that I was completely clouded in from the base of the scree slope, I had never been there before and had no idea where I was going. So I continued along a small rocky ridge separating two snow packs so that I would have a point of reference until I reached the end of the small ridge and only snow was visible ahead. Putting on my crampons I headed across and angled upward which seemed like the appropriate...

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