With Tim and Bob on board we came up with a few different approaches, one being from the Fat Dog Trail (northern approach) and a couple of others from the southern side direct from the highway. Meeting at the works yard at Allison Pass we continued eastward a short while and parked on the east side of the 2nd of 2 closely spaced bridges that span the Similkameen River.
-12 C as we got ready and snowshoes were not needed for the first part as we left the road and dropped down slightly to a boggy area which featured some bush and blowdown to work through (along with some chilly snow down our necks) for a while until the grade increased and we ascended mostly open forest for the next while. As we all hadn't hiked together in over a year we paused frequently to chat and catch up on things.
Going in a roughly northeast direction we reached the edge of a broad gully where a ridge above us featured some open terrain. The snow was deep enough now so we took a break and put on the snowshoes. The sun was on us and things were warming up nicely due to a temperature inversion. A ways ahead we could see some bluffs that might require a detour but travel for now was straightforward so we'd see how things were once there. [photo]fat1.JPG[caption]Looking up the ridge.[/photo]
On spring like snow we continued up the ridge enjoying the sun and getting a few views. Further up there was more younger forest that... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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