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Mount Dewdney in the Fall
Timestamp Free: 2019.12.09 - 14:55:05
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 1015m
Participants: Martin, Asia, Luna the dog
Difficulty: 3: Steep but easy bushwhacking through forest, some routefinding and lots of sidehilling.
Hiking trip up the west ridge of Mt. Dewdney
A fine streak of fall weather had us out for a Saturday hike for the third weekend in a row in October. We had been up the Sowaqua Creek Valley last week to climb Mt. Davis. After stopping for cheap gas in Aldergrove, and Chilliwack Safeway for breakfast bagels, we turned off the Coquihalla Highway onto the Sowaqua logging road. Here we stopped again so I could air down the tires for a smoother ride. The logging roads took us to near the end of the Sowaqua Creek Valley and to within 1km of Ghostpass Lake, to an elevation of 1400m.
[photo]dewdney1.jpg[caption]Fine fall colors in the Sowaqua Valley. Mt. Dewdney can be seen at the far end of the valley.[/photo] I was surprised at the good condition of all the roads in this valley. Still by the time we got to the end of the road, it was 4 hours since we had left North Vancouver, so it was a good amount of driving.
[photo]dewdney2.jpg[caption]Clearcut where we parked, looking NNE[/photo] We started up the clearcut in a southeasterly direction, aiming for a pass about 750m NW of a 1993m bump. Initially the forest was very steep, but eased off a bit. There were signs of footprints here and there but no trailbed. There was very little bush. The forest was strangely quiet, no birds, no wind. After the pass there was a ridge with an avalanche chute to the left with small trees and 20cm of old snow. To the right of the ridge was no snow but thicker trees. Hands got a bit sticky with sap with all the tree grabbing going on. The views were starting to open up with views of Mt. Outram and the Sowaqua Creek valley behind us.
[photo]dewdney3.jpg[caption]Hiking up the lower ridge. Mt. Outram prominent and Mt. Hatfield at right.[/photo] After a while we got into meadows below the 1993m bump and were heading up and to the right....
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