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Merlin Ridge - Northeast Slopes
Timestamp Free: 2019.10.18 - 16:32:09
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Slate Range
Begin at the Fish Creek parking lot (51:26.4-116:08.9). Walk the Temple Fire Road, 3.7 km to the Skoki trail. Carry on 5.0 km to cross Boulder Pass (51:28.8-116:05.0). You reach the Deception Pass junction in another 1.8 km. Ascend to the pass (51:29.7-116:03.7) in 0.4 km, and descend into the Skoki Valley, 2.8 km to Skoki Lodge and the trailhead for Merlin Lake, which is directly out the front door (51:31.3-116:04.5). Follow the trail 2.9 km to the outlet of Merlin Lake. Cross the subterannean outlet and follow the northwest shore of the lake to the boulderfields at the head of the valley. Pick your way to the top. The topo map is in error - there is no glacial ice here. The ridge to the south does not offer a promising prospect for reaching the summit of Mt. Richardson. Merlin Ridge has been crossed in summer as an exit to the Pipestone Valley, but this puts you on the wrong (trail-less) side of the Pipestone River in an area just upstream from the Pipestone Canyon....
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