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Devils Peak - From Seymour Parkway
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.09 - 16:23:35
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Fannin Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 495m
Participants: Martin and Luna Bushwhacking and routefinding
Bushwhack to bluff overlooking Seymour Valley
I didn't feel like driving anywhere on the long weekend, so on Saturday Luna and I set off at a tardy hour of the morning to head for Devil's Peak or Devil's Thumb as it is also known. This is one of those areas where you don't have to get up early to beat the rush because there's nobody else around. There have been a few trip reports for this peak recently, but I didn't do much research and just went with my own waypoints from a couple of previous trips in the area. I loaded the waypoints into my Garmin GPS. We parked at the "Seymour Provincial Park Picnic Area" at an elevation of 540m, it is inside one of the big switchbacks on the main road up.

We headed past the north end of the parking lot, crossed the highway and followed a good gravel road north until it started to veer east, then left the road and followed a trail downhill for a short time down to the west. Soon I decided we were heading too far downhill and we left the trail and headed north. There was flagging here and there and signs of trails and roads, but they usually ended up going in the wrong direction after a while. As we got close to Boulder Creek we once again found some flagging and followed it down to the creek at an elevation of about 635m. [photo]boulder.jpg[caption]In Boulder Creek[/photo]

Crossing the creek is no problem but the other side was steep and finding a spot where Luna could get up out of the creekbed took a bit of time. On the other side the flagging was sporadic again, we just travelled in a west / north west direction.

It is around here where the map I had on my GPS (Northwest Topos) threw me for a loop. According to the map, you must cross Semlin Creek to get to Devil's. So that's what we did. After the creek we were heading NW and the creek was still off to the left and...

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