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Summer Stroll Along Zoa Ridge
Timestamp Free: 2020.03.31 - 16:41:21
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 622m
Participants: Jared Clark, Sharissa Clark
Difficulty: 1: Easy hike to the summit, brutal bushwhack and downclimb to the valley bottom and back along the lake.
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A quick pack of overnight gear and we headed off to the Zopkios Rec Area for some summer fun and to get the legs in gear for the season.

Folded the seats down in the back of our 4Runner and spent the night playing crib and sleeping in the truck by the trailhead. After a 12 hour sleep and a leisurely breakfast we set out at noon.

From Falls Lake Parking Lot, we headed across the creek and up the obvious gravel road to the north. After a couple of minutes we took a short path through the bush which lead to the pipeline right-of-way which parallels the road we were on.

Keep your eyes open on your left and after 5-10 minutes (depending on your pace), you'll see a cairn with orange tape. This is the start of the marked trail up to the ridge. There's also some flagging on the trees next to the start of the trail.

If you turn around and look to the horizon, you'll see a nice vantage of the Coquihalla Mtn Massif (2160m). [photo]coqmtn.jpg[caption]Coquihalla Mtn[/photo]

We continued up the pipeline right-of-way until it crested over the shoulder of the ridge. At approximately 1550 metres we headed into the bush (presumably the winter route as all the flagging was 10-15 feet off the ground). The start of this route is marked with a bunch of flagging hanging from two pieces of wood affixed to a tree approximately 15 feet up.

We followed flagging high up in the trees, requiring us to consistently look up. Basically if you keep gaining elevation you'll find the way and eventually cross paths with the worn summer trail.

The mosquitoes were terrible if you stood still or stayed in one area. At any time you could count a dozen swarming above your head. If we kept moving they weren't too bad.

On we went up through the sparse forest, which eventually lead to...

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