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Mt. Sheba ... all in a day.
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.11 - 08:22:34
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Chilcotin Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: Don Funk Very long approach. Steep forested slopes to climb and navigate above Hummingbird Lake. Final peak is easy, although the scree is loose.
A solo ascent of Mt. Sheba via the Gun Creek trail starting from a camp near Jewel Creek. Initial access made the use of a mountain bike, making this long approach possible to do as a day trip.
And what a day it was. I got off to a later start than I had hoped for, leaving my Jewel Creek Bridge campsite behind at around 08:40 AM. [photo]JewelCreek.jpg[caption]Jewel Creek Bridge campsite[/photo]

I set off on a mountain bike, heading up Gun Creek on a hiking/horse trail towards the summit of Mt. Sheba in the southern Chilcotin Range, in the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia. I felt that using the bike was the only feasible means of reaching this summit with such a long approach.

As it turned out, I found my progress much slower than I had anticipated. The trail was great for hiking on, but a little rough for biking along many portions. There were some good sections along the way in which I made good time, however, and even though I found myself pushing the bike over the rough and hilly sections, I was still making better time than on a hiking approach. [photo]GunCreek.jpg[caption]Gun Creek[/photo]

The trail closely follows Gun Creek in some sections, while after crossing the creek two more times, gradually climbs higher above into beautifully meadowed aspen groves. [photo]AspenGrove.jpg[caption]Aspen groves[/photo]

From here, you get glimpses of the reddish colored slopes characteristic of the southern Chilcotin Range. [photo]RedSlopes.jpg[caption]Colored slopes[/photo]

After about 12 kilometers there is a junction in the trail. The right branch heads northeast towards Spruce Lake, while staying on the left branch takes you further up Gun Creek, with three scenic lakes enroute, the first being Hummingbird Lake. So I continued on my way towards Hummingbird Lake and Mt. Sheba. A few kilometers further along the trail, I entered a hitching post, where a party on horse back were resting up on a lunch break. So I stopped off to have a chat....

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