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... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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