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Lake of the Hanging Glacier Trail then and now
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.11 - 21:39:25
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Purcell Mountains / Commander Group
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1900m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 3: Easy trail, some scrambling and glacier travel
Two hikes of the Lake of the Hanging Glacier Trail and a climb of Mount Maye
More than 40 years ago I visited Lake of the Hanging Glacier the first time. When I found out that this years ACC GMC was staged from along the Horsethief Creek FSR I thought it might be worthwhile to drive the last few km to the end of the road and visit the lake again after the camp. I looked up the trail and road on bivouac and found that it should be possible to do as a day hike. I forgot to bring my old paper half map sheet (Duncan Lake 82K/7E), which would have covered part of the camp area too. I even had forgotten that I had it, so I had to rely on my memory, which after 40 years was almost non existent.

I was on one of the last flights out, so it was early afternoon that I arrived at the trailhead. The parking area was all in full sun and much too hot to hang around all afternoon, so I started up the trail to perhaps have a look at the Horsethief Falls. A few meters past the parking lot the old road becomes overgrown and immediately ends at the riverbank. There Horsethief Creek flows against a rockface and the trail climbs about 30m above it before descending to the road again on the other side. After that the road is quite obvious until it is covered by a debris flow with a dry creekbed. Beyond that the spray from the Horsethief Falls becomes briefly visible illuminated against the dark forest. Further up the valley the road climbs away from the creek and the falls never become visible through the dense second growth. [photo]P1010134.JPG[caption]The spray of Horsethief Falls in the distance, Jacobite Peak above[/photo].

See large photo The spray of Horsethief Falls

[photo]P1010116.JPG[caption]Hellroaring Creek above the trail bridge[/photo]

Eventually I reached Hellroaring Creek which drains the bowl east of Camp Peak and found some...

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