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Mount Burwell West Ridge (via Lynn Lake)
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.18 - 07:22:58
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Howe Sound Group
  (1 days)
Participants: solo trip Thick bush (primarily blueberries). Bushwhack rating BW3 to BW4. Moderate scramble (up to Class 3). Route finding.
Ascended the west ridge of Mount Burwell from Lynn Lake
From Lynn Lake, head north along the obvious creek bed. North Shore Rescue flagging continues north of the equipment cache, but a different set of flagging is soon seen and begins ascending along another creekbed to the east. This is the route to the west ridge of Burwell.

After a short time, the route leaves the creek and begins tackling the slope to the climber's right. A lot of effort has been made to carefully flag the route. The early part of the route is almost beginning to look like a trail. However, thick blueberry bushes and other assorted brush soon take over. The bushwhack is very steep, very thick at times, and physically demanding. The route continues to ascend eastward, eventually breaking out of the trees near a small pond (~1100m).

From here on, it's a mix of steep hiking and easy scrambling. There are still some short bushwhacking sections and minor route finding puzzles to contend with, but the worst is over.

The flagged route traverses along steep slopes past the first sub-summit, ultimately gaining a wide flat bench below Mount Burwell's aesthetic west ridge. The ridge is not as smooth as it looks from a distance. Several short bluffs require easy to moderate scrambling, or the option of bushwhacking as a bypass option.

A cairn is built on the second subsummit, a short distance from the final summit of Burwell. Depending on conditions, a couple of routes are possible.

Distance (return): 32km / Elevation gain (cumulative): 1675m / Temperature: 32C sunny / Conditions: extremely dry (drought), no snow

My time markers

5:45 - park at End of the Line General Store / 6:00 - Lynn Headwaters trailhead / 9:15 - head of Lynn Lake / 11:00 - Cathedral viewpoint, majority of bushwhacking ends / 13:25 - Mount Burwell summit / 14:00 -...

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