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Mount Frink-Castlecrag Loop
Timestamp Free: 2019.05.21 - 19:49:59
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1300m
Participants: solo
Difficulty: 3: A moderately strenous endevour
A loop traverse in eastern Strathcona Park from Mount Washigton and around the headwall surrounding Moat Lake. Ascents were made of Mount Frink and Castlecrag Mountain
I had managed to get myself a four day weekend away from work and the family. I recently moved to Vancouver Island, and have been trying to hook up with other outdoor types over here. I had signed up for an Alpine Club trip to Cream Lake, but due to the poor weather forecast, and some access issue into Bedwell Lake, the trip got cancelled as the weekend approached. I had a hard time convincing myself that I could bail on the family for a solo trip for 4 days, so I made a comprimise and spent the first couple of days of the weekend (and the bad weather) doing house renovations.

I had been up Mount Albert Edward and Mount Jutland a few years ago, and it seemed like a nice place to go for a couple of days. I had heard about a nice traverse that does a loop around the alpine terrain around Moat Lake. Access is ridiculously easy-the trail starts from the Mount Washington parking lot. As the hill was closed for the season, the general crowds would be at bay. It seemed like a reasonable objective, so off I went.

From the cross-country parking lot, I made my way through the cross-country trails out towards Helen Mackenzie Lake. The lake was still fairly well frozen, so I skooted across the lake to the south west corner, and then up the forested slope behind. The whole area is really quite interesting. It is on the edge of Forbidden Plateau, a sprawling, flat piece of sub-alpine that extends out towards Georgia Straight to the south of Mount Washigton. In any event, it makes for some pretty easy skiing. After about 10 km, the route hits a major rise which connects Forbidden Plateau to a a higher higher plateau which contains Mount Albert Edward, Mount Jutland and Mount Frink.

I stopped for some lunch below the Albert Edward and Jutland col. I had climbed both peaks on...

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