Day 1 - Arduous Approach
We continued driving up the Dean River road until we reached a logging road spur that branches off across the valley from Anahim Peak. [photo]P9042157.JPG[caption]Anahim Peak[/photo]
We managed to drive our low-clearance vehicle about 4.5 km up this road before progress was blocked.
After packing up, we hiked to the end of the road, which was only 400 m away from where we parked. We went through a short band of forest, crossed Festuca Creek, and then reached a [px]P9042163.jpg[c]cow bridge[/px] that re-crosses Festuca Creek. On the other side lay a broken down cattle fence. From here we needed to cross a swamp.
We spend considerable time trying to find a route through the swamp, which seemed to get deeper the further in we went. After finally giving up trying to keep our feet dry, we forced our way toward a line of trees on the other side of the swamp. Luckily we found a [px]P9042166.jpg[c]beaver dam[/px] to overcome the deepest portion of the swamp. After finally reaching the trees, we took a GPS waypoint at a small hump, and then followed a direct compass bearing toward a draw that cuts through the steep west edge of the Ilgachuz plateau.
We went through a couple more smaller swamps before reaching a gradual upward slope where the ground was drier. Abruptly we reached a massif area of... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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