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Climbing Zupjok Peak.
Timestamp Free: 2017.11.19 - 13:28:56
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 750m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 1: Very steep trail and some open slabs
Exploring the Zupjok Peak Trail, a short day hike.
Driving home from the ACC GMC I spent the last night in Merritt after hiking to Big Sugarloaf. See Big Sugarloaf revisited It had been a blue sky day, but the next morning I woke to a red sun shining through a gray smoky sky. The smoke followed me to Coquihalla Pass where I wanted to make a short hike. I had heard about the Zupjok Trail that was not on bivouac and wanted to see whether I could find it. I started up the Ottomite road and at the 3rd switchback saw a large rock cairn and beside it a well worn trail.

 [photo]P1070217.JPG[caption]Looking back to the cairn marking the TH and Zopkios in the smoke behind[/photo]

After a short swampy section it was mostly dry. It followed the route I had skied to Iago Siding across a low saddle, then turned north and climbed up the South ridge of Zupjok Peak through steep very dense forest. It would be very unpleasant for skiing, particularly downhill. At the first clearing above some steep slabs I saw only smoke and turned around. I had brought no lunch and at the Zopkios rest area bought a very good chicken burger from the food cart, then drove to Kawkawa Lake near Hope for lunch and swimming. There was still blue sky, the smoke reached Vancouver only on the next day.

[photo]P1070420.JPG[caption]The first view[/photo]

I returned on a clear fall day to climb Zupjok Peak. I made my first rest where I had turned around the last time and enjoyed clear views down the Coquihalla Valley with Mount Baker the only snowy peak in the far distance. Above that the trail soon went through more small clearings alternating with dense forest. After one particularly dense but short traverse to the west it ascended a small valley, then followed mostly bare rock slabs along the edge of the ridge to the...

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