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Exploring the Silverdaisy Trail
Timestamp Free: 2019.04.23 - 02:34:43
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 1400m
Difficulty: 2: Mostly good trail. Some very bad blowdowns and a bit of routefinding required.
Description of current conditions
I had climbed Silverdaisy twice, once on foot the other time on skis, both times via the Smitheram Creek Road many, many years ago. I heard about the Silverdaisy Trail sometime later, but never got around to hike it. This time I left Vancouver shortly after 6am and started walking before 8.30. After the first level km I found the marking post with Silverdaisy 18km return and a warning that the trail was not maintained at a small hole in the bushes. I had to drop into a small hollow and after negotiating a few obstacles found a good track climbing diagonally up the steep hillside. Soon I came to a relatively new looking sign warning of mining activity, however the trail didn't look much used. Its narrower than a road but often more than a meter wide as it zigzags up through 7 hairpins. There were occasional deadfalls of medium sized trees that were easy to step over on the downhill edge. [photo]20170702_094710.jpg[caption]Looking down the Skagit Valley[/photo]
[photo]20170702_121112.jpg[caption]Distant view of Silvertip Mountain[/photo]
Where the trail begins to turn into the hanging valley of Silverdaisy Creek the forest is more open and gives occasional views of distant mountains and the Skagit valley now already far below. Then I came to the first big blowdown. It was a tangle of big trees, close together. I saw a track worn through the bushes downhill and followed it across a small gully. On the other side I could climb steeply through open forest back to the trail.
I then soon came to the second Blowdown. There a flag led straight ahead but no worn track. Beyond dense bush prevented me from climbing back up and I continued traversing along the path of least resistance until I finally regained the trail where a peeled log lay across it. I thought that would...
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