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East Wilson Ski Tour
Timestamp Free: 2018.11.12 - 21:28:38
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
Participants: Jim Tivy, Robin Tivy, Betsy Waddington
Difficulty: 2: A navigation exercise on the vast network. GPS essential. A combination of old logging roads and mountain bike trails.
A description of a ski tour on the mountain bike trails above Roberts Creek.
(Ski touring on mountain bike routes). The purpose of this report is to describe the actual condition of some of the trails shown on the "Open Cycle Map" in the Roberts Creek area. Specifically the area between East Wilson Creek and Flume Creek. To read the report, use the Bivouac GMap "t8" basemap which is "Topo World OSM Cycle". That map shows a network of about 50 mountain bike trails and old roads just north of Roberts Creek, ranging from 200 to 1200 meters elevation. The main purpose of our trip was to explore and verify the condition of some of these trails. The OSM map indicates trails in several colors, such as blue dotted lines or maroon dotted lines but these colors have no meaning. So the purpose of my trip is to write road bulletins for some of these trails, and then tie them together with this report.
We were staying at my brothers place on Lockyer road above Roberts Creek. It had snowed a couple of times in the preceding days, and since it was snowing again, we decided to do a ski trip starting right from the house. The house is at 260 meters elevation.
We started off with our skis on our packs and hiked up to the end of Lockyer road and crossed the road bridge over Flume Creek. The road then turns 90 degrees to the west. At this point it becomes the East Wilson FSR. Almost immediately after getting onto East Wilson FSR, you come to an old spur going northwest. This is the East Wilson Spur. It is only 0.2 km from the corner. so you could call it Spur 2. (using the hundred meter naming system). I had expected that Spur 2 might be wide open such that it would be covered with enough snow to ski, but in fact it was bare ground under an emerging canopy of trees that block the snow. It can no longer be driven, and is blocked with large rocks at the start....
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