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Exploring Mount Elphinstone
Timestamp Free: 2019.02.22 - 23:26:53
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1100m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Some steep sections, creek crossings may be difficult at high water.
Climbing Mount Elphinstone in three stages

Part 1

Mount Elphinstone is a featureless ridge above Langdale. I had heard there was a trail to the summit and good views. When I had to meet some friends in Sechelt before noon in early June I had the chance to explore the trailhead along the way. I got up quite early and without a ferry schedule just drove to Horseshoe Bay when I was ready. At the toll booth I asked whether I would make the next ferry. Yes! I was on the first one which soon began loading. Mid weeks it was not very full. At Langdale I drove up the big hill and turned right and followed sings to the Sprokids mountainbike area. There was a map showing a maze of bike trails. I found one that took me fairly level to the summit trail. When I came to the turnoff to Langdale Falls I took that. [photo]20180605_085423.jpg[caption]Langdale Falls[/photo]

At the falls the trail continued up the valley, so I followed it until it suddenly petered out on a steep sidehill. Had I known the area I could have walked straight up and intercepted the trail higher up, but as it was I turned around and lower down took a more level trail that joined the summit trail where I follows an old road. I then took that quite a bit further up to a flat area where the trail goes onto a narrow level ridge and drops down a bit. That was far enough for the planned 2hour reconnaissance. I then followed the trail all the way down to the trailhead at the gravel road to the right of where I had turned left to the Sprokids mountainbike area. For GPX track see Elphinstone1

Part 2

After a couple days of fairly inactive socializing with my friends I needed to do something more vigorous before our planned drive to the Okananag, so I went to climb Mount Elphinstone by myself. I started at the trailhead where I...

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