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Silverdaisy on a Bluebird Day
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.11 - 10:17:31
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 273m
Take ebikes to Silverdaisy/Claimstake pass, hike to Silverdaisy summit
The Smitheran Creek road from Cayuse Flats to the Silverdaisy/Claimstake col is about 10.5km long and gains approx. 1000m from Cayuse Flats at elev. 790m to the Silverdaisy/Claimstake col at elev. 1795m. The road is in the Manning/Skagit Donut Hole which is an area surrounded by Manning and Skagit Provincial Parks, and has a history of mining and logging. Click here for more info on the Donut Hole

We were going to do this trip 3 weeks ago but were skunked by the weather, but today's weather looked very promising. The road is gated at the bottom, so I thought it would be an ideal place to test my winter project of putting together a couple of E-bikes. This project involved purchasing a motor/battery kit from overseas and attaching it to a standard mountain bike purchased here. We pulled into the parking area at Cayuse Flats just before 9am. There were about 5 cars parked here, and another 5 or so just a bit further along the road towards the bridge. So we thought that we would have company on this trip, but it seems that everyone must head up the Hope Pass trail because we didn't see anyone until the Silverdaisy pass. The road beyond the gate is in great shape, very good condition for biking.

[photo]Img_4595.jpg[caption]Daisies on the Road Lower Down, looking up Smitheram Creek[/photo]

The ride up was pretty straight forward with the ebikes, and it took about 1.5 hours to get to the pass with not too much effort. My battery (52v 17Ah) was still around 50% capacity so it looks like you can get a decent amount of vertical on these bikes, which was one of my big questions I had when I put them...

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