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Mount Strachan via Carnarvon Lake
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.14 - 22:20:20
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / High Rock Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1000m
Participants: Myk Kurth (solo)
Difficulty: 3: Ford River -knee high. Biking 1 km past Fork waypoint becomes difficult. Rockfall danger while traversing below Mt. Strachan. Chains up rock face may be iced over in late autumn.
Bike/Hike to Carnarvon Lake and ascent of Mt.Strachan
Early November warm weather enticed me into the mountains again before winter skied in. Beautiful day. A 2.5 km bike ride on smooth dirt road brings you to the brutally cold ford of the Highwood river. [photo]Ford.jpg[caption]Ford[/photo]

This is not rideable (knee deep when low), boots off here! 200m later you must drop off to the left and cross McPhail Creek. Log across creek allows you to keep boots on and walk bike. Next 3km are good biking on smooth road until fork. Head up and to the right. After 1km trail gets stupid so leave bike and walk in pleasant pine forest. [photo]bapproach.JPG[caption]Pleasant hiking in grand surroundings[/photo]

Hiking is superb from here on in. At cairn waypoint look for cairn and logs across trail indicating you must head up to the right on an obvious trail that takes you along the trail seen in picture below. [photo]approach.JPG[caption]Trail emerging from trees. Looking NE towards hwy.40[/photo]

As you approach the headwall you are entertained by two delightful waterfalls tumbling down from Carnarvon Lake. The trail leads to the base of the upper falls where the first set of chains is located. Resist the urge to scramble up the limestone rock face to the right of the falls. You must be standing right where the water hits bottom to see the chains. I had to chop chains free of the ice. Awkward exit at the top of 10m climb would be solved by 2 to 3 meters more chain. [photo]Lowerchain.JPG [caption]Looking down chains. Awkward exit at top[/photo]

A safe and obvious ledge traverses to the next set of chains seen below, where 15m more climbing takes you to the lake outlet gully and the eastern shore. [photo]upperchain.JPG [caption]Chain gang-ster?[/photo]

Emerging from the outlet gully to the lake shore is nothing...

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