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Overlord Mountain and Russet Lake: a Public Transit Adventure
Timestamp Free: 2021.01.22 - 20:25:42
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges / Fitzsimmons Range
  (3 days)
Participants: Lucas Earl, Doug Hopwood
Difficulty: 3: Easy trail hiking, some low class 3 scrambing/routefinding to Overlord Mtn.
Hike up Singing Pass Trail to Russet Lake, up to Overlord Mtn., and back via the Musical Bumps.
During my annual trip to BC in the summer of 2013, I was looking for a nice 2-3 day trip that would be scenic, involve a summit, and of course some glacier viewing. My uncle and hiking partner wanted a trip we could access solely by public transit. In BC, this is somewhat difficult, as my idea of a perfect trip is anywhere you need a 4x4 to get to.

However, we were able to compromise, with Russet Lake and Overlord Mountain as a suitable set of objectives.


The Singing Pass Trail is convenient in that it begins in downtown Whistler. For us, this meant taking the early morning bus from Qualicum Beach (Vancouver Island) to Nanaimo, and then the ferry across to Horseshoe Bay. From there we caught the Greyhound up to Whistler. For those coming from Vancouver the Greyhound would be all that is required to get to Whistler. Despite the number of transfers, this is actually a pretty time efficient way to get to Whistler, especially as walk-ons to the ferry do not require a reservation.

Once in Whistler, we failed to blend in with the locals (not many heavily backpacked tourists in downtown), had a piece of overpriced pizza, and headed for the trailhead a little after 2 PM.

Day 1: Whistler to Russet Lake

Weather: Partly sunny with high clouds, warm

The start of the Singing Pass Trail is on the bus loop along Blackcomb Way, just before the bridge over Fitzsimmons Creek. While there is a BC Parks sign here, the feeling of wilderness leaves something to be desired. [photo]01_Trailstart.jpg[caption]BC Parks sign at the start of the Singing Pass Trail. Photo from Google Maps[/photo]


As luck would have it, we were in Whistler during the run up to the yearly BMX bike competition, and were...

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