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Overland to Princess Louisa Inlet
Timestamp Free: 2018.08.17 - 09:22:27
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
(4 days) Elevation Gain: 2700m
Participants: Roger Richmond, Trevor Davies, Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 3: Some difficult scrambling, bushwhacking and route finding.
A hike from Elaho River along the south slopes of Outrigger Peak to Princess Louisa
In 1980 Roger was able to borrow a 30' sailboat and asked me to join him on a cruise to Princess Louisa Inlet. Sailing is not my normal holiday activity, but I was interested to see this famous remote place. We had planned a day to climb something from the end of the inlet. When we went ashore on the third evening we met Peter, a guy I knew from Alpine Club trips, who worked there as a park ranger and he told us about the trail to Loquilts Lake. So there we went the next day. The trail heads away from Chatterbox Falls in a NE direction, then at about 1500' elevation begins a long traverse south below some cliff bands. Eventually it climbs steeply to another traverse to the north. It then climbs more diagonally to the NE again and finally traverses into the upper Loquilts Creek valley to the lake outlet. We had lunch there, then climbed briefly to the upper lakes to enjoy more of the spectacular scenery. I might have hoped to go to Sun Peak, but that is a very long day trip.
[photo]P1060342.JPG[caption]Princess Louisa Inlet from high above On these trip I was taking movies, sorry, the screen shots are poor quality.[/photo]
Over the following seasons a plan began to germinate, to go back overland to Princess Louisa Inlet. I plotted a route and we chose the August long weekend and took off an extra day. Friday after work I picked up Roger and his girlfriends younger brother and we drove to the Squamish River, only to find the gate closed. So we camped between the trees at the river bank and luckily in the morning the gate was opened.
In those days there was no bridge over the upper Elaho River and no roads on the westside. We had brought Rogers inflatable rubber dingy, but I knew from experience of the Lake Lovely Water crossing that you cannot row a rubber raft...
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