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Spruce Lake 2004
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.10 - 06:43:59
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Chilcotin Ranges
  (3 days)
Participants: Stew and Chris easy, class 3 scrambling.
An early season trip into the Spruce lake area. Snow leaves the area very early in the season allowing easy access. Attempted to ridge walk to Sheba but fell short.
Well, the procrastination has gone on long enough! I will type this trip report out and be happy to do it! Sorry about that, seems like if I doníŽt rip a trip report up right after coming back from a trip, it never gets done. Well, not this time.

With the end of may approaching we figured that there must be somewhere interesting we can get to without having to mess with too much snow. The first place to come to mind was "the southern chilcotins of course!". But, would there be snow if we tried to get to Spruce lake? Only one thing to do; put up a question on the Biv discussion board and see if anyone had any beta to give. Once again Mitch Sulkers helped me out (thanks Mitch!) and gave spot on info of what to expect in the area.

So, it was a go. Leave Friday afternoon and head to Spruce lake. The Hurley had opened in the past week or so, and we thought we could make it in about 4 hours to the Jewel Bridge trailhead. Well, seeing that I was taking in too many fluids on the drive (mostly water,really :)), we had to keep stopping so I didn't burst my bladder.

We got to the trailhead about 530 and were hiking by 6. It had been showering at times on the way up but the sun looked like it was [px]spruce7.jpg[c]starting to make a move[/px]. The trail was in great condition and like many of the trails in the southern Chilcotins it was made for speed. We made good time along gun creek and were soon at the first turnoff for Spruce lake.

Whoa, hold up here, I getting a little bit ahead of myself here. we climbed a bit of a hill as we skirted along gun creek, and I got a little bit ahead of Chris. (Chris was trying to work in a pair of Cerro Torre's and the hot spots were getting "hot"). I thought I should slow down and let him catch up. "What better place to wait for...

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