On the supposed "trail" we saw a couple of orange aluminium markers, but you really couldn't follow much of a trail, and soon we were just bushwacking. Finally we reached the top of the big clearcut, and got into the open old growth forest. This was better going. Eventually we emerged from the trees at 1400m and had a snack. So there was a bit more than 300m in the trees. As it turned out, I left my folding hiking pole at this point.
Above this point, the terrain became increasingly open, with purple heather and scattered little trees. We passed several ponds and went up a big diagional ramp below a gray cliff face.
[photo]01_GrayWall.jpg[caption]Grey Wall with ramp below[/photo]
The terrain is a series of little level meadows, joined by ramps and draws. There was no difficult climbing on this route. Higher up, we emerged onto bare grey rock ridge overlooking a small lake, still partially frozen. You can see the lake at 49.9409,-123.2342 (1580m). At this point we could drop into a small draw and go up the snow, or stay on the bare ridge. We stayed on the ridge.
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