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Mount Baldwin from Indian River Pass
Timestamp Free: 2020.03.29 - 06:38:18
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 700m
Participants: Simon Chesterton, Ramsey Dyer
Difficulty: 2: Easy travel on snow, steep at first from the pass.
A short spring hiking/snowshoe trip with wonderful views. As a ski trip in earlier winter, you normally wouldn't be able to drive much higher than 500m.
With the reopening of the Stawamus-Indian River FSR these past few months life got easier for access to The Sky Pilot area via Shannon Creek FSR. South along the ridge from Mount Mulligan is a minor summit named (officially) Baldwin. Most people don't probably bother with it as it is dwarfed by all of its larger neighbours. But with road access now possible, the inclement weather of late and having the always present urge to ascend something new - well, here's the report.

On Saturday with the promise of clearing skies in the afternoon, Ramsay Dyer and I didn't meet up until after lunch. We proceeded to drive to Squamish and take the Mamquam River FSR for 4km or so before turning off onto the Stawamus-Indian River FSR. This is the road that would take you all the way to the head of Indian Arm if not washed out about 10km along. You could probably still bike it if you so wished once all the snow goes near the pass.

The road is in pretty good shape with one waterbar right after the Shannon Creek FSR turnoff. Further along we encounter a grader and a guy working a large excavator. He's building a landing for logging. We had a quick chat and he gave us a run down on the road ahead. Continuing onwards we pass another landing. After that there are a few minor waterbars and then we get to a minor washout at around km 7.2 (685m elevation). Snow started on the other side of that, so we parked there.

First though, I went into the washout on the down stream side to avoid some rocks. Didn't notice the drop off, so the truck bottomed out and got stuck. With Ramsay using some wood as a lever we got out of that with no problems. I dumped some wood to smooth out the drop, but most high clearance 4x4s should have no problem.

We walked up the road on snow for about 1.3km to...

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