I had been into the alpine areas above Tenquille Lake (Copper Mound/McLeod, Tenquille/Goat) on skis and in the summer, but never into the areas to the east. This area is sometimes referred to as the Ronayne area, after the historic "Ronayne Trail", which miners used to travel between Tequille and Ogre/Owl Lakes.
Our first order of business was how we were going to approach. I had used the steep trail to Tenquille Lake starting at the Lillooet River a few years ago, and recently used the Branch 12 approach from the Hurley River. I knew there was a less scenic trail from Tenquille Creek, via the Birkenhead River, and felt this would be the shortest route to Mount Barbour.
The last 5km of this drive require a HC 4x4, and includes a minor creek crossing that some people balk at attempting. We saw two vehicles parked here (one was a Jeep Rubicon!). We briefly spoke to the owner who said she didn't think she would make it, and was traveling alone. The alders are encroaching on this water barred road but are still quite tame. A slumping section of end haul road construction calls for full attention, but again no real problems.
We left the trailhead after an interesting creek crossing (on foot), and made haste as the hour was getting late. It is best to put the pedal to the metal here as the trail is nothing special. It's quite muddy, and there is not much to look at. We reached the junction with the Ronayne Trail (waypoint below), and took off.
The trail basically switches back and parallels the Tenquille Lake... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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