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Overland to Cirque Lake
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.16 - 10:17:07
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 500m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Steep sidehill bushwhacking, some exposed sections along very steep trail.
Moderate biushwhack to a very steep difficult trail.
When I heard about the Cirque Lake Trail the first time I was surprised that they said it was only accessible over water. Then when I visited Callaghan Lake again this summer I remembered my first trip in this area long, long ago in the 1970's.Climb of Hidden Peak and Mount Callaghan At that time traveling without trail in this area seemed quite easy.

So in 2018, looking at the lake shore and the map there appeared to be none of the usual problems to walking along the shore like very steep slopes or cliffs plunging into the water. Since I had no boat I felt it would be worth a try.

Arriving at the lake mid weeks on a September day 2018, I was surprised to find the campsite almost full. I parked next to a middle aged couple breakfasting. I asked them what their plans were. Steve and Wendy said they wanted to hike to Cirque Lake also. They had a canoe and planned to spend a second night in the campsite. This was reassuring, they might turn in an alarm if I didn't return. [photo]20180927_084958.jpg[caption]The first small lake extends some distance into the trees at back[/photo]

Since I was not sure whether the creek might already be too big to cross easily after the first fall rains I had decided to start out along the Conflict Lake Trail. A few minutes past the bridge when I saw a clearing to the north I left the trail. The bush was very wet with dew and I put on my rainpants and jacket. Then I soon found that the clearing was a small lake. For a few meters I could walk along the shore easily, then was forced into some bushes and around a small bay with the creek outlet. Further along I had to negotiate some small rock outcrops in dense forest. Then along the northern end of the lake I found more open bushy clearings that led me to the main lake....

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