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Hiking Mount Troubridge Part 1
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.22 - 21:00:56
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 600m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 1: Mostly easy trail
A loop hike along the lower Sunshine Coast Trail
Mount Troubridge is the highest peak near the southern end of the Sunshine Coast Trail (SCT). My original plan was to drive to Rainy Day Lake, perhaps car camp along the road, hike along the shore to the SCT and follow it to the summit. Of course with the ferry schedules this could not be done in a day from Vancouver, so I planned to hike Mount Elphinstone along the way. The first ferry to Gibson was almost empty on a Sunday morning. After a leisurely dayhike I was not sure whether I could catch the 5pm ferry at Earls Cove or whether it might be full on a Sunday evening. A later boat would mean looking for a campsite in the dark, so I took it easy and looked for a motel in Sechelt. Then when I went for dinner I suddenly remembered that I had forgotten my stove and pot. I had not packed an overnight pack and taken things singly to the car, so they managed to stay behind. I didn't relish the idea of cold water dinner and breakfast, so changed my plans again.
[photo]P1090273.JPG[caption]Mt. Troubridge from the ferry. My first hike was along the lower ridge at left.[/photo]
After a leisurely morning in Sechelt I caught the 10.25 ferry to Saltery Bay. Almost immediately after driving off the ferry I saw the large orange sign "Sunshine Coast Trail" and about 100m along the gravel road found the trailhead.
The first fork along the trail was not marked and I took the uphill branch. That soon came out of the forest into a large clearcut with a powerline and crossed a level road. It then continued up a somewhat overgrown spur with big waterbars. When the road leveled off a creek became audible ahead and the trail dropped down into quite dense bush. The creek would have been difficult to cross in a small gorge and the trail went all the way down to the road. It would have...
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