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Direct Access to the Peaks west of the Lost Valley
Timestamp Free: 2018.03.20 - 15:14:10
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Cayoosh Range / Cayoosh Range East
Participants: Chris Nott
Difficulty: 3: Route-finding in steep old-growth; possibly low class 3 on the divide.
During a bushwhack from the Haylmore FSR to the Lost Valley divide, I found a number of established trails that might speed access to the western Lost Valley.
A couple years ago, I planned a trip to the Lost Valley via the Greasy Trail but the convex snow slope didn't inspire me with confidence and after 20 meters, I abandoned the attempt and spent a couple days in Melvin Creek instead. Last weekend, while fishing around for a last minute destination, I thought I'd make another try - this time via a bushwack up a long ridge starting on the Haylmore FSR and ending at Haylmore Peak. In the course of my trip, I scouted out a variety of entry points into the Lost Valley from the west and found 3 trails that may or may not prove interesting for those interested in this approach. In this trip report, I'll stick to the details of my route to and from the divide, the trails, and the good access points into the Lost Valley from the divide and spare you, dear reader, the tales of my aimless wanders in the Lost Valley itself. At lat-long are derived from maps at http://maps.gov.bc.ca since I don't have a GPS.
I parked at a curve on the Haylmore FSR just before the 14km marker and headed up the slope. The first 30 meters were a dense tangle of spindley second growth before the forest opened up with little blowdown. After 45 minutes, the slope began to flatten out and the blowdown began in earnest. However, at about the same time, I ran into a wide trail coming in from the west. Wide enough for an ATV, I thought at the time. Someone had gone through a lot of effort to build it. In some places, the sawed logs on either side of the trail were piled 4 and 5 deep. However, there was some new blowdown across the trail so it had been a while since it had been last cleared. This trail followed the ridge over the flat section before the ridge began to climb again. The trail builders gave up after starting this climb and...
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