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Climbing Mount Fromme South Spur
Timestamp Free: 2020.11.26 - 22:40:31
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Howe Sound Group
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 500m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Minor scrambling, bush whacking and route finding
Exploring mountain bike trails and old logging road
From North Vancouver you can see a small bump on the wide south slopes of Mount Fromme. For the longest time I could not find it on any map because it has no dedicated contour. It seemed to be quite some distance above the Grouse Mountain Hiway (GMH) and would be difficult to find by just walking around in the forest. Recently when hiking along the Baden Powell Trail I again saw the many mountain bike trails coming down from the GMH and back at home looked at the OSM cycle map (t8 in Gmap) which shows the network in good detail. There I also saw an old road winding up the slopes above the GMH. It seemed it must come close to my spur, so I decided to see whether it could still be followed. [photo]P1100122.JPG[caption]Mt Fromme in center, the spur at right from Lonsdale and 15th Str.[/photo]

I just wanted to do it as a morning hike, so I drove to Breamar Road and parked west of St Georges Ave. I walked up to Balmoral Street and across to St Marys Ave. There I found the start of the St Marys Trail just above the last house on the eastside. The trail starts as smooth wide gravel as it crosses a small patch of forest to the powerline. It then climbs more natural rocky surface for a while then traverses horizontally with more downhills than expected across a few small creeks to the Dempsey Trail which brought me up to the Baden Powell. There I needed to walk only a few steps to the east to see the Espresso Trail come down. It is quite smooth as it winds down the moderate slope with well rounded banked zigzags. Higher up there are a few short steeper sections and level stretches. After about half an hour of easy walking, 1 hour from the car, I reached the GMH.

[photo]20190415_101650.jpg[caption]Start of Espresso Tr. at GMH[/photo]

There I found the Lepard Trail...

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