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Exploring Ridges around Princess Louisa Inlet
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.08 - 14:48:26
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (5 days)
Participants: Don Funk Scrambling to class 3, glacier travel.
Hiked and scrambled along ridges near Princess Louisa Inlet. Gained access via Sims Creek and the Bug Lake trail. Climbed Sun Peak and other minor peaks.
I've long had a fascination with climbing Mount Tinniswood. It is a high, remote peak in the Coast Mountain Range of BC, and is located not far from tidewater. Nearby Mount Albert has captured my curiosity for quite some time as well. But something I've been really keen on checking out, are the high alpine ridges above Princess Louisa Inlet, as I've often heard about this magnificent place. So early one summer, I packed up for a 5 day trip into the area, hoping to explore some ridges and possibly climb a few peaks.

On a Sunday evening, I made the drive out from my Burnaby home, up the Squamish and Elaho valleys, to the bridge over Sims Creek and the start of a trail which leads up to Bug Lake and a ridge north of Sun Peak. This is a way of accessing the area from inland. Alternatively, one may take a ferry from the Vancouver area to the Sunshine Coast, drive up to Egmont, and then hire a water taxis to take you up to the head of Princess Louisa Inlet, and the start of the Loquilts Lake Trail. My option avoided all the logistics of this approach, but would pay the price with longer trail access and a cross over of a high glaciated ridge.

Day 1
After a good nights rest in my SUV, I had a quick breakfast, and prepared my pack for the long ascent up. Weather looked fairly promising although there was some cloud cover around. At around 7:30 AM, I began working my way up the rough trail (starting at about 1200 feet in elevation). It was not long before I came across a couple of [px]BigTrees.jpg[c]giant Douglas Fir trees,[/px] standing side by side. These trees were very impressive, and I stopped to photograph them. It's very difficult to capture something so big on camera. Magnificent!!! A little further along the trail was the beginnings of a series of...

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