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Cloudburst Hike and compare two routes
Timestamp Free: 2019.11.18 - 19:10:38
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 791m
Participants: Steve Grant, Steve Ludwig, Robin Tivy, Betsy Waddington
Difficulty: 3: Bushwacking in rough terrain, some route finding,
Interesting hike up trough bush and then alpine meadow and finally rock ridges and snow. The approach road is fairly steep, with only a few mild waterbars. Loose rocks on road at top.
Although we had skied up Cloudburst Mountain many times in winter and spring, I couldn't remember very well the last time we hiked it. So we set out from Vancouver at 7:30 AM in Steve's Ford Escape Hybrid. We picked up the legendary Steve Ludwig at a pig farm on the Squamish Valley Road, then headed up to High Falls Creek. The road was smoother than I can remember, with few waterbars. Soon we crossed High Falls Creek reached the key junction at +7.8 km and 680m onto H7.8 Cloudburst spur. Then we slowly climbed the increasingly steep and loose road to the winter trailhead at 1080m where we started hiking.

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.

[photo]02_BareRock.jpg[caption]Bare rock[/photo]

There were a couple of steps...

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