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Mount Davis via Sowaqua Creek and HBC Trail
Timestamp Free: 2020.05.29 - 18:41:33
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 760m
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 3: Steep trail, some easy class 3 scrambling up a couple of cliffs on the north ridge. South ridge is a walk.
A leisurely 2 day loop, mostly on trails, and with moderate scrambling.
Mount Davis is a somewhat rugged alpine peak which can be reached by the historic Hudson's Bay Brigade Trail. There is a brand new campsite at the trailhead itself. See HBC Sowaqua Campsite. From the campsite at 900m, the trail climbs to Chevreuil Campsite at 1660m, a climb of 760m. From the campsite, the trail leads up to the bottom of the north ridge of Mount Davis. The highest point on the trail is 1850m, and then it descends to Conglomerate camp on the east side of Davis, and then on down to the Tulameen FSR and Jacobson rec site.

Although the shortest elevation gain would be up the east side (start at 1480m), this would involve driving to Princeton and then a lengthy drive up the Tulameen FSR. So most people from Vancouver will probably start from the west side like we did.

The weather forecast was some rain for Saturday, and improvement on Sunday. So Betsy and I set out from Vancouver at 8:00 and cruised slowly east to Hope and then up the Coquihalla. About 15 km past Hope we exited the Coquihalla at exit 192 Sowaqua FSR. At the bottom of the road was a sign saying the road was closed, etc. but of course we ignored it. The start of the road is a sustained steep hill climbing from 350m to about 650m in the first few km. But the road was smooth, and recently graded. The car had a burning smell from hot oil. Half way up the hill we passed a huge backhoe that had been working on the road. The good road continued. At about 10km a second backhoe. That was as far as the fixup had been done, but beyond that various hazards were marked with flags or fresh orange paint. In a couple of places deep sink holes were flagged off, but you could always get by.

Once past about km 10, the road comes down slightly and...

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