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Mount Bishop via Elsay Lake
Timestamp Free: 2020.09.21 - 05:37:45
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Fannin Range
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Start from the Mount Seymour Parking lot. First step is to climb the downhill ski run, or go up the trail and over the first minor summit at the top of the ski run, and then look for the Elsay Lake trail. Although I have also done a variation of the route by climbing over the top of Mount Seymour, the easiest is to bypass Mount Seymour via the official Elsay Lake trail. which bypasses Mount Seymour on the east. This trail is a steep drop down the eastern slopes, then traverses at a gradual grade with a short climb to Canadian Pass and a final steep drop to Elsay Creek. It then climbs slightly to reach the lake. It is fairly easy to follow.

There is a small clean cabin at Elsay lake which you can stay in, and have a swim in the lake. The next morning set out for Mount Bishop itself by climbing north through the glorious old growth forest to reach the Vicar lakes. From here, turn right and ascend the ridge until you reach the summit. Some sections require minor scrambling. Route finding is important.

For variety, you can return via a different route, and descend the peak directly to Elsay Lake, coming down the south slopes. However route finding can be quite a bit trickier on this route, so it shouldn't be attempted unless you are in an experienced party.

Both Vicar Lakes and Elsay lake are often good swimming from mid July to Sep...

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