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BCMC trip to Widgeon Peak (Land Approach)
Timestamp Free: 2018.10.21 - 11:16:05
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: John Sapac, Mike Peel, Silke Gumplinger, Peter Gumplinger(leader), Theresa Duynstee, Marta Fechete(reporter)
Difficulty: 3: D 2/3
This was a 12.5 hour loop hike from the trail head of Munro/Dennett Lakes to Harper Rd, climbing Widgeon Peak and Burke Ridge in the process.
At the crack of a sparrow's fart, led by Peter Gumplinger, six of us set off on a thigh and character enhancing hike to Widgeon Peak. As this was to be a loop, one set of cars were parked at both the start and finish, Minnekhada Regional Park and Harper Rd in Port Coquitlam. The first leg, a steep 750m ascent to Munro Lake was basically an exercise in waking up for more than one member of the group. We were greeted by a surreal dew covered landscape, and abundant blueberries that seemed to multiply as the day wore on. (as did our appetite for them).

After 40min of trudging through mud, we reached Dennett Lake and paused for an entire 5min. Lunch at approximately 11am was spent on a ridge overlooking Mt. Coquitlam, and was cut short by swarming blackflies for which none of us were prepared for.

A series of descents and ascents followed, 3 in total. Just before the final descent to the ridge connecting us to Widgeon Peak, spectacular views of Mt Baker, Shuksan and Mt Golden Ears were obtainable. By this time we had hiked a total of 5hrs. What followed was a rough bushwhacking through a narrow forest enclosed ridge. We climbed the final ascent following the ridge crest proper, which deserved a higher rating (than 2), but retreated by leaving the ridge where it steepens, down the western forest slope, a line less challenging, but still requireing blueberry bush rappels due to the steepness. The 30 min spent resting on the peak, was relaxing despite the blackfly hordes and the thought of having to retrace our steps. Everyone donned long pants to avoid further scratches from the flora.

On the way back we eventually followed a trail via Hourglass and Lilly Pad Lakes to the "South Slope Connector", marked on a map produced by Burke Mountain Naturalists, which...

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