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Mount Forster attempt via Grizzly Lakes Road
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.14 - 23:53:29
Ranges: North America Ranges / BC Interior Mountains / Hazelton Mountains / Bulkley Ranges / Telkwa Ranges
  (3 days)
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 3: long approach, often bad weather
This was to be a hike up the highest peak in the Telkwa Range, Mount Forster.
This trip was the fifth of five backcountry trips we did as part of our Smithers road trip. See Smithers Road Trip in the big smoke.

Mount Forster is the highest peak in the Telkwa range, which lies between Smithers and Houston BC. I first heard of Mount Forster when Kathie Wagar reported an attempt in 2004. See Mount Forster - Attempt from the North. About 3 years ago I started to inquire as to how to get in there. Kathie had always approached from the north via Goathorn Creek Road, but I found out that the key bridge on the Goathorn Creek Road was washed out a few years ago, and nobody went in there by that route these days. The north route would require 10 km of hiking on roads before even getting to the alpine. So I started to investigate coming in from the south. From Frank Macdonald of Houston I found out about a road called Grizzly Lakes Road that gave access to the southern tip of the range. This road was driveable at least part of the way. So I figured it would take a day to reach the alpine, a day to get in position, a day to climb the peak, and two days to get out. So it should be easy in 5 days.

Originally I had intended to do this trip first in our series of 5 Smithers trips, but due to scheduling difficulties in meeting Tom Tiedje, it ended up that we did the other 4 trips first, leaving the Forster attempt till the end.

So on the morning of August 14th, we left the municipal campground in Smithers for the last time and headed south on Highway 16 toward Houston. Just before Houston we turned onto the Morice FSR. We drove Morice FSR for about 4 km, then turned onto the Morice-Telkwa FSR, crossed the Morice river and drove north to the 8.9km point. Here there were two large signs saying "Welcome to the Telkwa Range...

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