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The Historic Culliton Creek Route to Garibaldi Lake
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.12 - 18:23:31
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
(2 days) Elevation Gain: 1000m
Participants: Various, see text
Difficulty: 2: Rough lava flows with difficult route finding
2 rugged routes to Table Bay at Garibaldi Lake
When I started hiking near Vancouver there was very little trail information available. It was several years before 103 Hikes was published. Somehow I got an address I could write to and received a few sheets of trail and route descriptions, including the Culliton Creek Route to Table Bay at Garibaldi Lake. At that time the BC Hydro Skiclub wanted me to lead some summer hikes and I suggested the Culliton Creek Route. There was a lot of interest even though I had listed the hike as difficult with a warning "no trail". So I thought I should make a reconnaissance. I bought a roll of flagging tape and Saturday morning drove up Culliton Creek road partway to the bridge. At the end of the road the route description said to cross a small creek and go horizontal for a short distance, then up to a small gully in the barrier. The Culliton Creek barrier is not as spectacular as the Rubble Creek one. It is mostly a very steep forest slope, but there is a cliff band at the bottom with only that one gully leading through. I ended up a bit too far east and found the rocks too difficult to climb. When I found the gully I dropped my pack and went back to reflag the route.
The gully is mostly very steep forest. On top I found open mature forest with a faint intermittent track along the cliff edge. After a few 100m easy going I had to cross a small valley, then another forest slope led up to the open lava flow. That was very rugged, but heading east Table Mountain from its narrow side was a prominent beacon. However looking back the grotesque lava blocks looked different from every angle, yet similar. I soon ran out of flagging tape.
[photo]img621.jpg[caption]First view of The Table[/photo]
[photo]img620.jpg[caption]Rugged lava formations[/photo]
Further along I found some...
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