There was a broken trail to Hanging Lake. Weather had been overcast to here but once past the lake we broke through the cloud and got brilliant views of Rainbow Mtn. As we were crossing the area above Rainbow Lake to the west flank of the mountain we could hear the whine of snowmobile engines in the distance.
Half way up the slope of Rainbow we heard 3 snowmobilers come up from below us. The first one initially stopped 30m away and when he heard us talking about him he came close enough that we could talk. I was under the impression that the entire area above Rainbow Lake was a non-motorized area. His understanding was that they could go anywhere on crown land. He knew about the area immediately around the lake being protected but felt they were free to go all the way to the summit of Rainbow if they felt like it. We encountered them at N50.17128, W123.05832. After initially threatening to shred all the slopes we'd be likely to ski down they left without further incident.
I've since been told that there are maps posted at the snowmobile access points so I'm not convinced they didn't know the protected areas but it was clear to me that I didn't and that this information... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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