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Mount Elsay Loop (anti-clockwise)
Timestamp Free: 2020.09.21 - 05:04:25
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Fannin Range
Participants: Tim Gage, Andrew Luyt, Tania Easy hike
Hiked to Mount Elsay via Mount Elsay Trail, and then back via Elsay Ridge Trail. The whole route is a well flagged and easy to follow trail.
We parked at the Seymour parking lot and hiked up the Mount Seymour Trail (waypoints not included in this trip report). At the junction with the Elsay Lake Trail (which is signposted) we took this trail and headed north. With a nod to Chris Morley and North Shore Rescue, we traversed the Theta Lake Gully until we hit Wes' Staircase and descended to the large rocky bowl north of Pump Peak. We traversed rock and blueberry slopes until we hit the forest at the north end of the bowl. Just after passing a small rockslide in the forest, we reached the junction with the Mount Elsay Trail. This junction is very easy to miss (hard to see). The trail at the start of the Mount Elsay Trail is not well worn and is hard to spot. Also there are fewer trail markers here. We headed west through the forest and then emerged into a large boulderfield south of Mount Elsay. We crossed this boulderfield with difficulty. The boulders were large, and the gaps were filled with salmon berry bushes. It was hard to see where we were placing our feet and I fell and cut my hand. The going was slow. Eventually with reached the col between Mount Elsay and Runner Peak. This is also the junction with the Elsay Ridge Trail. We returned to a well worn path and went north to the summit of Mount Elsay. It was very cloudy and we saw nothing while eating our lunch. We then retraced our steps to the col and walked south along the Elsay Ridge Trail which traverses south-westwards, around the west side to Runner Peak to the infamous Seymour Icecap. We crossed the icecap and then picked up the trail that leads to the junction between Second Pump and Mount Seymour. We followed this trail South-East back to our starting point (junction between Elsay Laky Trail and Mount Seymour Trail.) By this time we were...
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