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Hike up Zofia peak (Mount Currie W1)
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.12 - 19:17:00
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 2000m
Participants: Steve Grant
Difficulty: 3: Huge elevation gain, but on good trail.
Attempt to summit Mt. Currie using the new trail on the west side.
(Editors Note: Currie W1 is now called Zofia peak).

29 years ago, Robin and I took three days to climb Mt. Currie, approaching from Gravell Creek on the east side, and without the benefit of any trail. See trip report Mount Currie North East Ridge The recent construction of a trail on Currie's west side creates the opportunity to summit Mt. Currie as a long day trip. I downloaded the .gpx file of the new trail from bivouac and installed it on my phone's ViewRanger mapping app.

Given the current hot weather, I wanted to start early. But a 2+hour drive from Vancouver works against this and I didn't start up the trail until 8:00. I was able to drive up past the Green River bridge, but only through about a dozen water bars until at 470m I got to a large boulder in the middle of the road and a seemingly inEscape-able water bar just beyond it. This left about .5km to walk until reaching the very obvious trailhead at 520m. It is possible to drive around the boulder, and a very high clearance vehicle might make it through this water bar and the two similar ones just beyond. [photo]201507301281s1m.jpg[caption]Escape Hybrid not quite maxing out[/photo]

Since the trail climbs above the Whistler motor park, I'd suggest bringing earphones and music if you happen to be there when the motorheads are in session. Though it was forecast to be a hot day, the west side was cool in the morning shade, and the route stays in the forest to avoid open rocky areas.

Somewhere I'd read the trail is dry, so I carried twice as much water as usual and stashed the extra after I'd been hiking for 2 hours. There are two 2013 clearcuts within 1km of the trailhead, and a fine cold stream flows at the north side of the more southerly clearcut. The trail heads north first, climbing...

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