Because the bridge across the Lillooet River no longer exists, I needed some type of water craft to reach the Meager Valley, which happens to be on the other side of the river. And I did have access to a canoe.
The avalanche debris appears to have just missed the bridge, but it did create a dam across the river just downstream from the bridge. This in turn created an upstream lake lake that swamped the bridge, knocking out two of its three spans. Only the middle span remains in place. In the intervening year, most of the dam has disappeared, but some portion of it remains and there's still a small upstream lake. This lake appears to be one of the few viable places to cross the river.
I hauled the canoe a short stretch to where the former road disappears into the water. I tried to take a picture but the camera was completely dead. It turned out that I had left the battery at home in its charger -- what a bummer -- so I left the camera in the car. I couldn't have anticipated that this would turn out to a be blessing in disguise.
After tying my backpack onto one of the cross members, I pushed off into the lake and started paddling through a patch of standing old growth trees. This was initially fun, but soon degenerated into trying to guide the canoe through branches and around windfalls, just as the current was getting stronger. I was... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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