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South Chilcotins, A Short Walk in the
Timestamp Free: 2018.09.25 - 22:36:50
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Chilcotin Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: R. Rice; M. Sulkers
Difficulty: 2: Good trail to alpine; very intuitive ridge-walking and meadow-rambling
A day trip into the South Chilcotin Provincial Park that provides for numerous off-trail, alpine rambles.
Note: With the recently finalized Lillooet LRMP reprocess, the majority of the area covered by this hike has been deleted from South Chilcotin Provincial Park. The area up to "Taylor" Pass, including all of the Taylor Creek valley, has been zoned "Proposed Mining/Tourism Permitted."

For more information on this area, check out the website for the Lillooet LRMP (srmwww.gov.bc.ca/sir/lrmp/lill/) and the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management (sic). Included in the llrmp document is the MOU between the Yukon and BC Mines Association and the Council of Tourism Associations, odd bedfellows indeed.

With a free weekend and an optimistic weather forecast in hand, we took the opportunity to visit a popular region of what many of us believed would stay in the South Chilcotin Provincial Park. Having last been on this particular trail back in the late 80's, and having missed the correct fork last spring, we did a little research to ensure that we could actually find the correct trailhead. Fortunately, we were able to secure a waypoint for the parking area from another website, and, armed with this info and some anecdotal reports from friends, we managed to find the parking lot with little difficulty this time.

From the parking area, a good double track, part of the old mine access road, led us up gently through mature forest. Numerous surveyor tapes indicated that a portion of this trail will likely be used for further logging in the next five year plan. Numerous mountain bike tracks and the occasional quad track indicated the popularity of the lower route, and we did pass a Toyota 4X4 parked just before a major creek crossing about a km above the parking area. Nonetheless, the promise of a bright day and the myriad fungi sprouting throughout the forest fringe helped...

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