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Devils Peak from Seymour Valley
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.09 - 16:16:27
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Fannin Range
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 700m
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy, Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Extreme bushwhacking off trail, some route finding required for fainter trail sections
An attempt of a shortcut to Devils Peak and a much easier return.
At the time I was exploring the trails on the SW side of Mt Seymour(See The hard way to Dinkey Peak) I read Martin Otmayrs report Devils Peak - Seymour Area and wondered whether it would be easier to approach from my trail than the longer complex traverses from the 2nd switchback of the Mt Seymour road. Also if one crossed Boulder Creek lower down one might climb more directly to Devils Peak. When Robin phoned Saturday morning and wanted to do something at short notice I suggested this trip. He agreed that they would cycle to Blueridge via the seabus. They thought they could make it between 9.30 and 10, so I took the bus to meet at the small park south of Hyanis drive at 10, but they missed one seabus and were 15 min late. A few minutes more to lock up their bikes and we were on our way.
Robin and Betsy had never been up these trails and we discussed where to cut across to Boulder Creek. They agreed to make a loop hike and the logical thing was to start low so we would not have to climb a long way back if we could not find a lower crossing of Boulder Creek on the way down. When we came to the first view down into the gorge it looked too difficult so we followed the trail a few 100m further up before we left it in an flat area of reasonably open forest. However we soon came into denser bush with more deadfalls. The map showed another small parallel valley which was difficult to traverse into. There was only a trickle of water, but a very steep climb up the far side.
[photo]20190713_114631.jpg[caption]Not the worst of the bush[/photo]
After a messy traverse we finally reached Boulder Creek. It flowed in an even deeper narrower canyon than below. We could never walk far along the edge and were forced to many detours. There were only a few...
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