We had done the "old Growth" part of this trip several times, but this new variation would avoid the over used Garibaldi Lake trail. Also we'd be crossing through the seldom visited lava flow terrain west of Clinker Peak.
So we met at the church at 7:00 with my Subaru Loyale and Dave's new (used) Subaru Outback. Due to the cold wet storm of Friday, there was fresh snow on the Swift Creek road, almost right from the highway. We drove both cars up the Swift creek road and thru the "wood carvers" yard and continued up the Swift Creek road. This road has been fixed up, but there are still minor cross ditches and the snow got deeper as we churned up the gravel beneath the snow in 4WD. At 600m, we decided the snow was too deep, so we left my car at a wide pullout (see waypoints) and all four of us piled into Dave's car for the trip to Conroy Creek.
The lower Conroy road was easy driving and we easily reached the Chek Canyon parking lot at 460m. See Chek Canyon Recreation Site. See waypoints. We could have continued north but decided we may as well walk. It was a winter wonderland, with the fresh snow on the willows.... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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