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Peers Peak (Manson Ridge)
Timestamp Free: 2019.09.16 - 14:12:47
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1500m
Participants: Tim R, Bob W and Simon C
Difficulty: 2: Brushed out old road then trail (near all snow covered) followed by offtrail snow travel and a steep ascent to the summit plateau
Hiking up the Peers Creek Valley on the HBC Heritage Trail to gain the divide with Sowaqua Creek Valley then going southwards to Peers Peak.
I'd been looking around for something new to hike and Peers Peak caught my eye as it wasn't too far away from Vancouver. I'd forgotten that the relatively recently redone HBC Heritage Trail passed north of the peak as shown on the Gmap t8 (open source mapping - note that it is now entered into the Bivouac database) so that made for a good approach. Tim and Bob were interested so we met up near Rosedale and headed out past Hope to the Othello Tunnels exit but went east and up the Peers Creek Road for about 1.8km to a parking area complete with fire pit, information kiosk and benches. A few people were car camping there too. This is the western end of the HBC Heritage Trail that goes eastward 74km to near Tulameen. Search (Google/Bing etc.) "HBC Heritage Trail" for more information.

From here we crossed the raging Peers Creek on a foot bridge and followed the old Peers Creek Road for 6km to its end. The road is in good shape for walking with landslip areas smoothed out and only minor blowdown etc. Snow appeared before we reached the end (940m elevation) where Manson's Camp is located - there's some tent pads, food cache, small table/benches, information board and an outhouse.

[photo]MansonsCamp.jpg[caption]Camp near end of the road[/photo]

After jumping across a creek on questionable snow we started up the trail proper which has some tags and flagging along with a few bare spots of trail that soon became continuous snow. There were a few creeks to cross as we gained elevation (about 500m elevation gain to the ridge/divide) and I had one mishap of postholing through the snow into water below but the boots/gaiters held up. Snow conditions were well packed in the forest which featured some good sized western hemlock.

We'd kept on the trail or near it for the most...

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