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Hiking the Mount Fromme West Slope Trail
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.07 - 15:00:58
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Howe Sound Group
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 200m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: A short rugged very steep trail
A descent from Grouse Mountain traversing Mount Fromme
The first few times I climbed Mount Fromme I used this trail. It was before the Bills Trail was developed. Later I mostly used Bills Trail and the trail from Pipeline Pass, often traversing in either direction. In later years I sometimes looked for the old Mount Fromme Trail when walking along that flat section of the Grouse Mountain Highway (GMH) at the gully where it used to start, but never saw any sign of it. I thought it might be completely abandoned and overgrown. [photo]20180828_100812.jpg[caption]The grizzlies[/photo]

This time I wanted to make an easy hike and took the cablecar to the top of Grouse Mountain. After a short visit to the grizzlies I made the shortcut down the Expo Skirun where they were digging a big trench, probably for a snow making pipeline. I then took the GMH to the Pipeline Trail, up to Pipeline Pass and on to Mount Fromme from the north. At the junction with the Meech Lake trail I took that level branch and made a longer rest at the lake. I waded in to my knees, but the water was already very chilly. I had never found this lake pleasantly warm for swimming. This day the air was quite cool too and pleasant enough to sit in the sun for a while. [photo]20180828_113845.jpg[caption]Meech Lake consists of two small lobes with a narrow between[/photo]

I then hiked south around the lake to the summit. Along the way I somewhere thought of the old Mount Fromme Trail and wondered whether I could still find any trace of it on the plateau. Indeed just a few meters west of the obvious junction with Bills Trail I saw a faint track, but first I went to the highest peak. It was still too early for lunch so I just took in the views for a while. The air seemed quite clear, but distant views were quite hazy. I could barely make out Meslillooet beyond...

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