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Through the Backdoor to Kokanee Glacier Park
Timestamp Free: 2019.04.24 - 06:55:47
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Slocan Ranges / Kokanee Range
(5 days) Elevation Gain: 1500m
Participants: Gili Rosenberg and Maya Goldstein
Difficulty: 3: Scrambles of four peaks, up to class 3
A scenic five day hiking and scrambling loop in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, including ascents of Outlook, Sunset, Granite Knob, and Giegerich
After several gray drizzly days we finally hit a forecast of "Sunny" so we headed off for a five day trip in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. We chose to enter through the backdoor - the Nilsik Route, which is not used often and is not maintained by the park, hence it is somewhat overgrown. We set out from the trail head, where we had camped the night before, and didn't forget to surround our car with chicken wire against rubber loving critters. The route was easy to follow, but covered with berry bushes in places. In the sub alpine the route petered out and we continued cross country into the alpine, where we camped with nice views of the Nilsik valley and basin. Before us, and above camp, we saw a beautiful and snowy notched pass, which I assumed was the pass described in "Where the Locals Hike in the West Kootenays", the guidebook we had gotten the idea for the trip from.
[photo]Camp.jpg[caption]First night's camp[/photo]
The next day we kicked steps in snow up to the impressive pass, which has a large green mossy boulder on its side. In fact, we were looking for the pass between Outlook and Sunset Mtns, but this was the pass between Outlook and an unnamed Mtn. We had planned to scramble up Outlook and then Sunset, but the steep ridge did not look like an easy scramble. Furthermore, the other side of the pass dropped down steeply to a forested valley, without the expected mellow alpine basin. For various reasons we ended up without a good map of the area, but that was all for the best since we would otherwise not have gone up to this beautiful vantage point. Somewhat confused, we ditched our packs and scrambled up the north ridge to the summit of what we realized was Outlook Mtn. The scramble was fun class 2-3 moves on somewhat loose rock and soon we...
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