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Robie Reid - Southeast Ridge
Timestamp Free: 2019.06.25 - 02:59:05
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 2015m
Participants: Fred Touche
Difficulty: 3: Short section of exposed Class 4.
The southeast ridge is the standard route to the summit of Mount Robie Reid.
The pleasant scrambling on this route makes up for the brutal elevation gain through the woods. You'll need a kayak, canoe, or boat to reach the trailhead at the head of Alouette Lake.

Drive to Golden Ears Park, north of Maple Ridge, and then follow the paved road to the last campground just southwest of Gold Creek. Note that you're not allowed to park here overnight, but there's another parking lot that you can use a few hundred meters away. From the most northeasterly campsite, a trail leads to a small beach on Alouette Lake (401635). Drag your watercraft 100 m along this trail to the beach and launch.

Paddle 12 km to a gravel bar just west of the mouth of the Alouette River near the head of the lake (489732). A trail follows the west bank of the river, past stacks of rotten cedar blocks, a short distance to a river crossing. In the past, a bridge existed here that consisted of two cables, one on top of the other. However, one of the trees that held the cables has blown over, causing the cables to span the river laterally. In any case, this crossing should not be much of a problem.

Follow the trail, steep in places, to a broad ridge at timberline (485737). Go northwest along this ridge until it merges with a basin. Follow this basin, paralleling the ridge that is to your right, until the ridge runs out. A flat section at the end of this ridge makes an excellent bivy spot (478746).

Looking northwest you will see a broad rock wall topped by three peaks (assuming there's no fog). You may be disappointed to find out that none of these peaks is the summit. Scramble (Class 2-3) up a diagonal gully (angles upward from left to right) that leads to a col between the left and middle peaks. The easiest way to reach this gully is to scramble up via a sub-gully...

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