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Siwash Mountain from Rover-Snowater FSR
Timestamp Free: 2020.03.29 - 05:25:43
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Bonnington Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Doug Brown, Sandra McGuinness, Kumo the dog Class 2.
An easy day trip to the summit of Siwash Mountain from the Rover-Snowater FSR.
With the good weather continuing in the Kootenays, Doug, Kumo and I headed out to hike/scramble up Siwash Mt. Although Siwash is the highest peak in the Bonnington Range it is only just over 7,500 feet. A good logging road (Rover - Snowater) leads to a broad pass between Siwash and Mount Connor and provides easy access to the peak. We headed south from a cutblock to a small lake, where we started climbing boulders to the long treed east ridge running off Siwash. An old road (? mining) actually runs over a pass on this ridge but we only found it by stumbling on it as we gained the ridge. The double summits of Siwash are an easy ramble up the ridge, first to the west then to the south. However, just as we gained the first summit (luckily the highest by just a smidgeon) it began to rain and graupel.

So after quickly signing the summit register and having our usual arguments about which peak is which we scooted back along the north ridge and then dropped down meadow and boulders (now very slippery) to the basin below. As is usual on these trips, the sun came out as soon we were off the peak. We contoured back along the side of the basin and gained the old road, which we followed until it no longer seemed to be going in the right direction. Sadly, the road seems to be a favorite with the local piston/butt heads and now has a few large sections of mud bog in an otherwise beautiful forest. A short bushwhack returned us to the truck. There is actually a very nice looking lodge just below the pass that seems to cater to boarders, skiers and snowmobilers (I'm not sure how well they mix), and the local snowmobile club has a hut right in the pass. The area has fantastic ski terrain but is only for the hardy as the road is 17 km long and climbs 1,000...

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