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Deeks Peak - On Skis!
Timestamp Free: 2020.05.29 - 21:03:27
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Britannia Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Todd Ponzini
Difficulty: 2: Moderate ski touring terrain
A solo ski trip to the top of Deeks Peak.
Baldwin's Coast Range ski guide cites "a distinct lack of alpine terrain" as the reason for the omission of Deeks Peak. Well, although it's far from the Homathko, Deeks Peak makes a reasonable ski trip close to the city for those times when you only have a day to spare and you're tired of the usual spots. I did this trip solo in 2002, and it requires a decent snowpack and a fairly low snow line to make it fun.

I started at the usual spot, the Howe Sound Crest Trail parking lot just south of Porteau Cove. The Kallahne Creek road branches left from the trail about 15 or 20 minutes from the highway, at a old Forestry sign. This gains elevation quickly, and due to the lack of a forest canopy, the road accumulated snow easily. After about 45 minutes from the highway, I was able put my skis on. Off to the races!

Eventually, I reached the small lake ("Lost Lake") and the cabin, which was mostly buried. I followed the summer trail, ascending the old clearcut and then a steepish gully, to the ridge that leads NW from the top of Deeks. Except for a small bluff that I turned on the far right, the ski to the top was pleasent - far more pleasent then the washed out and sometimes bushy summer route.

I admired the view from the summit, and the snow and sun made the faces on Hanover and Peak 5400 look particularly rugged. I also noted that continuing on skis to Windsor looked very interesting, and that Windsor seems to have an excellent ski run off its north side. This outing, however, would be a very long day, or a pretty nice 2 day trip. In addition, I confirmed my earlier thoughts that approaching on skis via the Deeks Lake trail would not be fun as it is steep and very treed.

I stepped into my bindings and had a great run back to the cabin. The view out over Howe...

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