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Snowspider From Van Horlick Creek - Route Description
Timestamp Free: 2021.01.20 - 22:58:33
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 1200m
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 3: Some bush, easy ford of Van Horlick creek, steep snow slopes. Final peak is class 3 with mild exposure.
A concise route report.
This report is a concise description of how to climb Snowspider by the easiest route. It is based on our bush thrashing experiments detailed in our Detailed Trip Report.

From Vancouver, drive up the Duffy Lake road, then drive south on the lower section of the Van Horlick Creek road. At about +8.6 km you come to a major fork where a road goes left, to go up "Morris Creek". (Morris creek is the east fork of Van Horlick). Stay right (west) at this junction. Drive 1.2 km farther till you reach Morris Creek (slow because of alders). The bridge over Morris creek has been pulled. Previously it was a sagging bridge. There is a good parking spot here.

Once on foot, ford Morris Creek, and continue south on the old Van Horlick road. This road is shown both on 1:50,000 and BC Basemap. Basemap shows two parallel roads. The road you are on is the upper of the two parallel roads. [As of 2007, the lower road is completely overgrown, don't even consider it.] After about 4 km on the upper road, you will come to a point where the road doubles back on itself and descends to Van Horlick Creek. On the map, this is the point where the two parallel roads come back together. [South of here, the road shown on the 1:50,000 is completely overgrown].

Descend northward to Van Horlick Creek. After less than 1 km, you must ford Van Horlick creek to get to the west side. In early August 2007, the ford was 2 feet deep. It is an easy ford with a pole. Beyond the ford, the road climbs to what I'll call Duke Col. This road is clear of alder. It crosses to the south side of "Cabin Creek" on a culvert. "Cabin Creek" is my name for the creek which descends east from the Duke - Snowspider Col. After crossing cabin creek the road continues up then ends at a large landing. The trail...

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