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Cloudburst hike via snow-covered NW Trail
Timestamp Free: 2019.09.20 - 11:54:13
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 800m
Participants: DR, CS, KG, EC, and E
Difficulty: 2: Moderate routefinding, steep snow
Hiking the trail route (if it exists) when snow-covered, with microspikes
Trying to find info online was confusing. Multiple routes and conflicting information. It seems like there's a separate route further east that people use from Chance Ck, or maybe they just link up with this one. If there is a separate route, it seemed to be described as being more technical, ie tough routefinding, very steep snow, etc. We did see another group this day but didn't get close enough to them to compare routes, which is unfortunate, as they seemed to take a different route.

The road was clear with no rockfall and no snow until the final switchback which is where we parked. Found the trail markers and started up the cutblock, which was steep and a bit slippery where there was no snow, and was the hardest part. Pretty quick after the cutblock, snow coverage was 100% and 4 of 5 of us donned our microspikes. Routefinding was fairly intuitive, in that when we checked the gps, we were already right on the 'trail' each time. Some steep snow, definitely avalanche hazard earlier in the year.

We saw another group coming up behind us that we believed had taken a different route and on the way down after them, we saw their tracks go into a basin west of our route, possibly accessed from the cutblock and spur east of ours? We were quite happy with our route though and would recommend it.

3hrs up, 1.5hrs...

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