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Ring Lake Loop and Detective Peak
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.08 - 13:51:27
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (2 days)
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 3: steep terrain, Route finding, 500 feet of bushwacking,
An interesting loop going from Callaghan Lake to the lodge, then up the drainage south of Police peak. Climb Detective Peak, then traverse north to Ring lake and back down the trail.
In the past few years, we've done several fall trips into the Mount Callaghan/Conflict Lake/ Ring Lake area. It is an ideal trip because you can drive to a good trail that starts at 1200m (4000 feet), hike for 4 km gaining only 160m and you are in some really nice meadows near Callaghan Lodge and Conflict Lake. Beyond there, you can continue up to Ring Lake, and ramble up to several interesting passes, or climb various peaks. See our trip in 2016 Hiking to Ring Lake and Police Peak.

If you look at the map, you see that west of the lodge and Conflict lake, the valley splits. The northern arm rises to Ring Lake, and the south arm is fed by a sizable glacier coming off the Powder Mountain area. Splitting the two arms is a peak called Police Peak 50.202,-123.277. So an attractive idea has always been to go up one of the arms, then circle around behind Police peak and come down the other arm. On the 2016 trip we had initially planned to go to Ring Lake and then circle around and come down the south drainage. On that trip we started on that plan but due to lots of snow and fear of the unknown drainage, all we did was climb the lower bump on Police Peak.

So in 2018 trip we decided to start out with the unknown south valley, circle behind Police peak and come back along Ring Lake and then down the trail. And we could climb "Detective Peak" at 50.193,-123.295 if we had extra time. We had never talked to anyone who had been up that south drainage, and there were no reports. The closest we had ever been was to ski off the Powder cap south of Journeyman with Dave Williams.

So we set out from Vancouver Saturday morning at a leisurely time. Cruising at a leisurely speed, we reached the trailhead at about 10:30 in the morning. There were 2 other cars. We then hiked...

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