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Juliet Creek New Year
Timestamp Free: 2017.12.11 - 18:34:11
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
  (4 days)
Participants: Colleen Craig, Chris Nott, Fred Touche
Difficulty: 2: No technical difficulty.
A snowshoe trip into the south branch of the Juliet Creek drainage.
After driving up the Coquihalla past the the old toll booth area, we parked the vehicle at the start of the Juliet Creek FSR. Several other vehicles were also there, all of them for snowmobile purposes. We started snowshoeing in icy cold temperatures but soon warmed up as we went along a sunny stretch by a [px]Clearcut1.jpg[c]clearcut[/px]. The snow was compacted by snowmobile tracks. We soon met an oncoming sledder with a monster machine pulling a sled with seats. He told us that the cabin was empty and we would have it all to ourselves.

After losing the sunshine for good, we crossed over the bridge to the south side of Juliet creek where our first important fork emerged. Continuing along snowmobile tracks along the road on the south side of Juliet Creek for about an hour, we reached our second major fork, negotiating some alder along the way. This second fork led to a trackless road that runs along the south branch of Juliet Creek. We postholed for 4 km to a branch that leads down to the creek. The bridge had been pulled but crossing on snow was easy. After following the branch for a short distance, we tried to find the start of the trail that leads to Jenna Peak. However it was deeply buried under snow and couldn't be found but we did head toward where we thought it was and soon found the [px]Cabin.jpg[c]cabin[/px].

The cabin was clean and cozy, its only drawback being the 90-degree angle stove pipe, which limits the stack effect and causes smoke to belch into the cabin every time the front hatch is opened.

The next morning we found some markers indicating the path of the Jenna Peak trail. The trail runs along the north side of a clearcut and then goes through a stretch of old growth forest before reaching a basin on the east side of Jenna Peak. From here...

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