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Sigurd-Pokosha Horseshoe hike n bike
Timestamp Free: 2019.01.15 - 23:29:34
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: Paul Kubik Trail hiking, bushwacking, mountain biking, creek crossings at high water, route finding
A horseshoe traverse between Sigurd and Pokosha Creeks with an exit down through Ashlu Canyon by mountain bike to the start.
BCMC is replacing the Sigurd Creek footbridge and I needed to do a site visit to figure out the logistics. To make it a bit more interesting I decided to make the horseshoe traverse around the back end of Sigurd headwaters and into Pokosha Creek headwaters. The route follows a portion of the proposed Tantalus Traverse route to connect with Pokosha Creek logging road A610, which the BCMC has been refurbishing for skiing and hiking.

I deadheaded an old mountain bike part way up Pokosha Creek road and drove down to Sigurd Creek trailhead. Road A200 is pretty much impassable right at the bottom to vehicles due to erosion. I made decent time to the footbridge across Sigurd Creek. It was overtopped with water as has been recently reported.

I did some reconaissance for our planned work, took photographs of the site and helicopter landing zone and was satisfied with the information I gleaned. I was unable to continue across the creek due to high water even though the creek was still one meter below full flood. My fallback was to continue up to the headwaters on the same side of the creek utilizing the marked route abandoned some years ago. The footbridge is the preferred route as it avoids a couple of wet meadows and a massive rock slide.

I was last this way a couple of years ago so it was still fresh in my memory. The only thing different was that someone had put in a few pink ribbons and a significant avalanche in 2012 destroyed a large swath of mature forest adjacent the rock slide. I wanted to keep near the main creek draining the headwaters but a couple of side creeks forced me to make longish detours to cross them. I actually never got near the lakes but ended up traversing a couple of hundred metres above them on snow benches....

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