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In Search of Percy Lake
Timestamp Free: 2018.03.23 - 14:39:44
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Fannin Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 200m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Some rough trail and bushwhacking.
A short hike and bushwhack in the Mt Seymour area.
Percy Lake lies in dense forest east of Goldie and Flower Lakes. The names in this area are a bit confusing. Percy Creek flows out of Goldie Lake while Scott Goldie Creek drains Flower Lake and the SE bowl of the ski area. According to the map Percy Lake flows south into Scott Goldie Creek.

When I first explored the Upper Perimeter Trail from the junction with the Dead End sign I thought it might lead to Percy Lake, but never had the inclination to look for the lake. Then one day last spring I wanted to do a short hike on Seymour. It was cloudy with forecast of rain beginning in the afternoon. I drove into the cloud just below the Deepcove lookout and parked there. As I walked through the gloomy, foggy forest along the Perimeter Trail I tried to remember whether there might be a lunch room at the main parking lot in case it began to rain sooner. But it was a bit early for lunch, so I made the detour around Flower Lake. Along the way it occurred to me that I could look for Percy Lake. So I turned on my GPS and continued along the loop to Goldie Lake and back to the junction with the Upper Perimeter Trail.

This year somebody had cleared a bit of brush at the start, so I didn't have to walk through the small mud hole at the beginning. Shortly after that I noticed a new trail going up a small hill at the right. A short tope was not really necessary to negotiate the short steep climb. On top the trail followed an open ridge for a short distance, then dropped west into a small swampy valley. Almost before I realized that the trail was making a loop I was back on the Upper Perimeter Trail. I followed it a bit further, then looked at my GPS and saw that I was heading away from the lake. I went back up the ridge and followed it further down into forest. Soon I saw the...

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