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Callaghan Lake to Ring Lake Loop Hike
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.10 - 11:05:27
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 500m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Trail hike, with a moderately difficult stream crossing with handline and off trail return.
This was part of a longer report split by editor
After a previous attempt in July where we were stopped at the upper creek crossing, I returned to complete the trail hike. For previous trip see Ring Lake Attempt July 2018.

For the August trip, I had an earlier start and was only slowed down by the many succulent blueberries along the forest trail. I then took the connector to the road, partly to see whether it would be easy to see the turn-off for the return. There is a big sign "Callaghan Lake" and flagging along the faint footbed. Like the hiking trail the road has some downhill also and when I saw a trail across a swampy meadow I cut across towards it. The meadow was dry except for a hint of dew. The trail then led me to the junction which I remembered from the previous hike, where the main trail comes down from the forest. It then was not far to where we had rejoined the trail coming from Conflict Lake and I went that way again. [photo]20180822_095310.jpg[caption]Conflict Lake on a smoky August morning[/photo]

Along the lake I avoided some of the bush by wading along the shore. The water was not too cold, but the air was too cool to go for a swim. I then reached the difficult creek crossing in less than 2.5 hours from the car. There was a new hand line. A thin log between the rocks with water running over it would not have kept my boots dry, so I forded in bare feet. It then was about 1/2 hour to the saddle above Ring Lake [photo]20180822_113011.jpg[caption]Ring Mountain and Lake[/photo]

With an early start in town I had an early lunch. I sat with my back to the sun, but not much heat was getting through the smoke. While I ate I looked up to Mount Callaghan, trying to remember my original route. I had marked it on my map, I had climbed through the bowl west of the summit. Then I got the idea...

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