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A Night on the Summit of Snass Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.14 - 22:48:57
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
Participants: Justin Brown and Nancy Mickelson This is a moderate ramble on good trail with a pleasant open ridge (easy class 3) to the summit from the NE side. Nice couloirs on N side.
A description of an overnight trip into the Snass Mountain area via the Dewdney/Whatcom Trail loop. An ascent of the main summit by way of Punchbowl Lake and the NE ridge.
For weeks I had been wanting to get out into the mountains but my time off had not been corresponding with much in the way of good weather. This was a last minute decision on Thanksgiving Day that turned into one of my most memorable trips of the year. Our destination, we decided, would be Snass Mountain in northern Manning Park.
We left late on Thanksgiving evening and headed for Cascade Recreation Area located in the northwest region of Manning Park. It had been raining on and off all day and most of the week previously but the weather seemed to be changing for the better. We arrived at around 10pm and camped out in the Cascade parking lot. My assumption that it may have not been raining as much here appeared to be right as it was drier and the low cloud was patchy and a few stars could actually be seen. We brewed up a cup of tea and slept to the sounds of Snass Creek, owls and engine breaks from the passing trucks on the nearby highway.
We awoke at first light to broken low cloud but there was a breeze stirring and the clouds were moving quickly. I had a feeling that Snass Mountain was basking overhead in morning sunlight. We snacked and packed and were heading up the well travelled Dewdney Trail by around 8am. The weather was getting better by the minute and we could now see the sun hitting the upper east sides of Mount Dewdney. After about 2km up the Dewdney trail, a smaller trail called the Whatcom Trail forks off to the right. We had been pondering earlier whether to take the longer but lesser angled Dewdney Trail through to Paradise Valley and then south to Punchbowl Lake, or to take the more direct and steeper Whatcom Trail straight up to the northeast. In the anticipation of the clearing skies and wanting to see the Snass area which...
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