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Vicuna and Guanaco Peaks
Timestamp Free: 2018.02.19 - 22:38:47
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 900m
Participants: Al Lizee, Denis Blair, Ted Oliver, Simon Chesterton.
Difficulty: 2: Guanaco is a hike with some minor scrambling. Vicuna can be up to class 4 with a chain/rope set up to get past the crux.
A great half day outing.
The first six km of the Upper Coldwater FSR to the Zum recreation site are 2wd. Beyond that the alders crowd in and high clearance is needed to drive the next six km. Park just beyond where the road forks (left fork heads towards Alpaca).

Walk up the heavily deactivated right fork for about half a km. After passing a cut block to the left, look for a wooden plaque on a large rock and a small wooden bridge crossing the ditch. The trail heads into mature forest and for the first 30m or so there is some wind-fall to negotiate. After that, the well marked trail winds its way upwards passing through a boggy section and then into some boulders.

After a while you will emerge under the southeastern face of Vicuna in the alpine and start to contour northward to gain the Vicuna/Guanaco saddle. This is a good place to take a break as the views are plentiful.

Vicuna was up first and it's a very pleasant scramble up the northeast ridge. About halfway up is the crux and there is a chain to help out. Nearing the summit there is short step with a small rope. Views from the summit are splendid, especially of the Anderson River Peaks area.

We head back down to the saddle with no difficulties and Guanaco is a straightforward hike with the occasional use of hands up to it's summit area. The route is not well marked, but it would be tough to get off track. Once again, some really good views.

Edit. Due to popularity I would imagine the route to Guanaco is now well marked with...

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