I stepped over the gate and crossed the bridge over the Skagit River. Beyond that, I skied up the road. (Cayoose Creek road). For the first 2 km or so, the road uns southeast, going up the Skagit river. It parallels the highway which also climbs on the opposite side of the Skagit river. It is a gradual climb. There was about 80 cm of snow.
At 10:12, an hour after I started, I reached the point where the road takes a 90 degree turn and leaves the Skagit drainage to go up Smitheram creek. Now the road was steeper. I soon got into the sunshine, and was skiing with just a light white shirt. I expected that after I climbed about 500 feet from this corner, I'd see a switchback leading to the "upper" road shown on both the 1:50K and also Open Street Map. But I saw no evidence of this road. So I continued up the lower road which is quite close to Smitheram creek. At 11:09 I got to the bottom of the 2 switchbacks shown on the map, elevation 1280m. At this point the road leaves Smitheram creek
After 2 switchbacks I was at 1340m and again climbing gradually southwest. At 11:48 I reached 1440m (Point Y) and had lunch. Somewhere ahead of me were Betsy and Steve. After my lunch, I continued up the road thru a couple of clearcuts to 1520m. This is the first point... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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