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Hollyburn Route from Downhill Overflow Lot
Timestamp Free: 2018.04.22 - 22:42:39
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Britannia Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 426m
Participants: Robin Tivy, Betsy Waddington, Sarah Brown, Rebecca Fletcher, Jayne Hardy
Difficulty: 2: Steep avalanche prone slopes on north side
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(Cypress Creek Route) This report describes the ski route that goes up Hollyburn mountain from the overflow parking lot. This route has been known for years, and there are other Bivouac reports, but none had a really accurate track log all the way to the summit, so that was my objective. This "overflow" route has become increasingly popular alternative to the normal marked route up Hollyburn from the cross country parking lot. I call it the "south overflow" route. It starts immediately after you drive across Cypress creek. There is also another variation which starts at the north end of the overflow lot at 49.3934,-123.1934. To distinguish, I'll call the routes the "North Overflow" and "South Overflow" routes.

We parked in the overflow lot, first place you could turn left. There were about 10 cars. The main road was already bumper to bumper with downhill skiers. Once parked, we crossed the road, climbed the snowbank, and headed up into the trees. There were old tracks going various places. Today, we skied a short distance southeast after climbing the bank, and soon we were on the edge of the precipitous drop into the gulch of Cypress Peak. We then doubled back northward into the forest, and kept climbing.

Soon you cross the Baden Powell trail, which has trail markers. You then continue north for 300m gain, eventually emerging into open sub-alpine. You then eventually intercept the regular X-Country area trail. At this point, you normally hit dozens of people. But today, due to black cloudy weather and snow there were only a couple of other parties. We climbed the short steep pitch to the summit. This often has a deep trench made by snowshoes, which is good to avoid on skis.

When we got to the summit, there were 3 or 4 other parties. We had a bite to eat, then...

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