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Russet Lake Snowshoe trip - Fissile and Whirlwind
Timestamp Free: 2021.01.22 - 20:16:41
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges / Fitzsimmons Range
  (3 days)
Participants: Solo Russet Lake: easy hike slowly going up. Some navigation might be needed at the end as the snow can cover all trace of the trail toward the lake in the alpine zone. Fissile Peak: Moderate, loose rock and mild exposure. I heard a small avalanche craking down while being there. The gps track i propose go through a gully which can be prone to avalanche as well. Whirldwind: Easy-Moderate, mostly hiking.
A hike with snowshoes up to Russet lake. Scrambling toward Fissile peak with crampons and ice axe on loose rocks, snow and ice. Snowshoeing toward Whirlwind peak.
[photo]ElevationGraph.jpg[caption]Elevation Graph from Parking lot to Fissile 'lower summit'[/photo]

After the bus loop I found the entrance toward the gondola. A big sign say not to hike or bike but you have the right to continue to walk on the left side toward the beginning of the Singing Pass Trail higher up. The sign intention seem to be to hold people from walking and wondering around the ski slopes and gondola pillars. After 10min walk there's a huge concrete water tanker on the left and a green sign which show the beginning of the Singing Pass trail. (Another sign mentioned that all hikes should go in that direction, which confirmed the right to be there..). The trail is wide and easy. There's what seem to be a landslide few kilometer up. A muddy slope must be climb down and then up, there's a small rope for those who needs it. Few threes are blocking the way at Harmony creek, I've choose to cross the creek below those obstacles. Its straight forward up to the Musical Bump trail sign. I've found easier to walk with snowshoes from 1700m and up. Signs of bears along the trail and some footprints which look like a big cat (and group by two like a rabbit) for some distance past the Musical Bump sign. I've blow my annoying whistle at regular interval to feel safer as I was solo. (No new footprints on the way back). It look like its a nice place for back country skiing around this point (1-2km before the merge with Musical Bumps and higher in the alpine) [photo]IMG_3211.jpg[caption]Nice snow slopes around the junction of Singing Pass Trail and Musical Bump Trail[/photo]

Then I've used my GPS to track my way toward Russet Lake. The view is quite amazing as soon as we hit the alpine. [photo]IMG_3228.jpg[caption] The Himmelsbach Hut is on the left lower...

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