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Echo Lake and Echo Peak
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.22 - 06:27:18
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Purcell Mountains
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 900m
Participants: Dan Richardson, Raine Prsa, Lee Redstone
Difficulty: 3: Moderate routefinding, scrambling to low Class 3, loose rock.
Off-trail hike to Echo Lake and a scramble of Echo Peak
On my mission to visit some of the more accessible locations of past KMC hiking camps, Echo Lake will likely have been the easiest, with sitting in the backseat of a small truck for 3+hrs being the crux.

The Echo Creek road is reportedly in better shape now than it was in 2013 when the KMC scouted out the camp, so they actually used the Tea Creek Road to stage for the fly-in camp. Satellite view suggested that the Echo Creek Road might not be too bad to drive (I later realized the imagery was from 2004, possibly the year the road was built), and while it was certainly more overgrown than the sat-view suggested, it was fine until the final spur, which had alder head-high in the middle of the road in several sections and we couldn't even find it on our first drive-by, it blending in so well. Could've probably challenged it with the truck we were in, but walking it for 20 minutes is a decision we stand by. (See the associated bulletin for South Echo Spur below for photos of the junction where we started hiking.)

Once at the end of the South Echo Spur, we ascended to the top corner of the cutblock easily, following bits of path through quite light brush. Crossing the stream in the forest, we rejoiced at having pleasant meadow to walk through. Once we got into actual forest, there was more bits of path, then a meadowy slide path, forest with path again, then subalpine meadows. [photo]EchoApproachMeadow.jpg[caption]Subalpine meadows. Spots to camp a bit higher up.[/photo]

Satellite view had suggested to me that the brush would be quite light, but it was even more pleasant than expected. We ascended to the saddle, pausing several times to look back at The Four Squatters and admire the campsite potential. From the saddle, the rest of the route came into...

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