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Mount Crickmer Trip
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.23 - 12:27:54
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 1235m
Difficulty: 3: We had lots of bushwhacking but if you stick to the trail maybe you could avoid it.
Walk up Kearsley Creek Road taking a right at the major forks. Immediately after the switchback at 1040m watch for a trail heading up to the left.
On Saturday a group of 5 of us headed up to Mt. Crickmer. We knew the gate would possibly be locked so we were prepared for the long walk up. The road itself is in quite good condition, and there are some good views along it. We started hiking at about 8:15am. After a little more than an hour, we were passed by a jeep with 5 people in it. They said that a key is available from the Mission City Hall (see road bulletin for phone number). They passed us and then we passed them again as they were parking and getting ready for their hike. Shortly after there is a large landslip on the road that requires scrambling up the hill for a bit to get around it. The road is would be impassible to any vehicles here. Right after this is an old bridge over Kearsley Creek. It's an impressive old log bridge spanning a deep canyon. The cool air coming down the creek was welcome.
[photo]KearsleyBridge.jpg[caption]The old bridge over Kearsley Creek[/photo]
After this, more old logging road slogging. Lots of brush cutting has been done to the trail recently so it's in pretty good shape. We missed the trail heading up just after the last switchback at 1040m. I had a waypoint on my GPS of 49.3147,-122.3833 but at this position I could see no markers and the forest looked thick. We decided to hike along the road. This was a very bad decision as the alder on the road got worse and worse. It took us 45 minutes to travel just 1km to where the road ends at the ridge. While thrashing through alder along the road, the urge to just head up to the left was tempered by the visible cliff band that runs below the ridge.
[photo]IMG_7511.JPG[caption]Alder Choked Road[/photo]
[photo]IMG_7512.JPG[caption]Good Views from Alder Choked Road, however[/photo]
Dennis had not brought gaiters, so he tore the...
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