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Knothole Ski Peak
Timestamp Free: 2020.06.04 - 20:01:09
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1400m
Participants: Paul Kubik, Darlene Anderson, Greg Stoltmann, Dean Perez
Difficulty: 3: Advanced skiing.
Winter trip to Knothole Ski Peak.
Following information provided to me by Graham R. of BTSC in winter of 2019, I invited a few people to head up to Knothole Lake and ski the 1900 meter snow face to the south of the lake. We used channel RR23 as we expected logging. We parked at 700 meters on M22 at the logging show, which was the reason the road was plowed. No one was around but the heavy equipment had moved around a bit by the time we returned.

I was navigating by memory from my previous excursion about 20 years ago. Darlene had a GPS. We only took one wrong turn up M22E which cost us about 20 minutes. There were a few cross-ditches but none were a problem. Contrast that to our trip in February 2020 right after an atmospheric river and some of the cross-ditches were huge canyons that were problematic to cross.

Knothole Lake trail is not much of a trail. More of a route up an old road and then nothing. It's easy on skis although the climb from the top of the road to the ridge crest is really steep. Then it's clear sailing to Knothole Lake. The ski peak is a better ski destination than Pinecone Peak to the north of the lake. You can see that from the photos.

[photo]04KnotholeSkiPeak.jpg[caption]Knothole Ski Peak from the approach ridge to the west.[/photo]

[photo]MeOnTop.jpg[caption]Me on top.[/photo]

[photo]16Darlene2.jpg[caption]Darlene in the slash.[/photo]

[photo]15Greg2.jpg[caption]Greg in the subalpine ridge.[/photo]

[photo]12Dean.jpg[caption]Dean in the subalpine ridge.[/photo]

[photo]10KSPGreg.jpg[caption]Greg on the summit.[/photo]

[photo]09KSPDean.jpg[caption]Dean on the summit.[/photo]

[photo]08KSPDarlene.jpg[caption]Darlene's sensuous turns.[/photo]

[photo]07SeedPeak.jpg[caption]The jagged ridge separating the ski peak from...

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