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In a Big Country: Return to Big Creek
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.06 - 20:44:32
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Chilcotin Ranges
  (4 days)
Participants: Stew, Maximus, Robbie, Simi, J-Crew. Hiking up to 15 km a day, easy scrambling and mild elevation gain. Good routefinding skills may be required if one loses the trail.
In August 2005 we returned to the Southern Chilcotins to try access Lorna Lake via Big Creek. We were successful and were rewarded with one of the nicest hikes I have ever been on.
After going into the southern Chilcotins for the first time a couple of years ago, I knew I would be back. I found the topography totally amazing and the lack of other people hiking around very special. After not making it to Lorna Lake in my last trip to Big Creek I found the perfect excuse to make another trip into the area. This time I brought a few armchair warriors who like whiskey, so I knew it would be a fun one (albeit a backpack trip where I might be doing a lot of waiting).

We drove into Relay Creek and I was surprised that the road seemed in better condition than the previous time. The drive went well until Jesse popped a [px]flat.jpg[c]flat[/px] in his Land Cruiser. With the mechanism totally rusted, it took 2 hours to get the spare out (that was only half inflated). But we arrived at the trailhead with a couple hours of daylight left. We followed the same route as before over Relay Pass and down into the Graveyard Creek Gang Ranch cabin. The cabin had deteriorated some since my last visit but was still very habitable (but none of us wanted to touch the full bottle of Crown Royal left there). We had big campfire and I was stupid enough to sample a little too much of the rye whiskey.

We woke to broken skies and for me a wicked headache. Having a quick bite we broke camp and started southward towards [px]robbie.jpg[c]Lorna Lake[/px]. Now, the last time I was on this trail I took the first left and ended up bushwhacking all the way to Elbow Pass. Not this time. We stayed right and soon passed over Big Creek. The trail contoured the western side of the valley with gentle climbs and descents. Very quickly we passed over Big Creek. Soon we began dropping evlevation and began to contour Tosh Creek as we moved through it's valley. Some gain of...

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