It was the last day of the ski area being open so I decided against going that way (Poland Lake Trail). Parking outside the Works Yard there was a couple with two small kids who were heading up Kelly. As I got ready I looked at the initial route I had chosen - the toe of the ridge north of Perdue but decided that the forested slopes to the southwest up the Memaloose Creek Valley were a better choice with a bit more sustained steepness to gain that ridge further up. The bonus to this was that the Memaloose Creek Trail was well packed down so the first km was an easy boot walk.
Leaving the trail I put on my snowshoes and continued on in powdered snow towards Memaloose Creek. This far along the creek was either frozen of snow covered so it was easy to cross and right after the ascending began. I had about 400m of elevation gain to reach the ridge (1800m) in near fresh powder. This went well enough as the forest is nicely open and there were always options for a route. The heel lifts on the snowshoes were used a few times on sustained steeper parts and I did minor zig-zagging too.
Eventually the terrain steepness leveled off as I approached a minor 1813m bump marked on the map. I'd hoped to get a view from there but there were still plenty of trees around though I could see the peak... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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