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Cloudburst, by Chance
Timestamp Free: 2020.10.21 - 13:10:32
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
(2 days) Elevation Gain: 700m
Participants: Myself and Meryl, the 2 kids (2.5 years and 3 months old), 2 dogs.
Difficulty: 2: More or less hike up, hand help in a few spots
Good trail to Chance lake, then scramble to Cloudburst. Alternatively can access more directly avoiding lake.
Came up High Falls Creek road, staying on the main road. The branch that heads north after the first main swichback towards Sawchuk is marked as branch 200 with spray paint on a rock, but you just continue straight ahead. Continued up the Cloudburst Spur stopping at the collapsed bridge. There are some metal tags seeming to mark a trail leaving from the west side of the collapsed bridge, but it seemed pretty bushed in (I only went up maybe 50m). Instead, we walked towards the end of the road. About 50m past a sign painted on the rock that says "road ends 300m", the road flattens, and there is a well marked trail leaving on the right. We followed the trail (well flagged, and well boot worn), it starts heading uphill a bit, then drops off and traverses around the ridge coming down to the west of Chance lake; it swings up the drainage towards chance lake through a boulder field, then disappears in an open meadow just below the lake; from there it's an easy walk up to the lake.
There is a small spot for a 2-3 person tent just to the east of the outflow of the lake - looks like someone dug out a flat spot.
[photo]Camp.JPG[caption]dug out spot for tent[/photo] We found another spot towards the east end of the little plateau north of the lake and fit our tent in nicely.
Did a little wander to the unnamed knoll NE of the lake - great views up the whole sea to sky valley, Tusk, Brew area etc. We met a couple of guys coming down to the lake; they had followed the same trail as us, then made it up to Cloudburst. They reported it as being a pretty clean route, but with some hands on sections. Looking at it, it looks like you just follow a boulder field and spotty ramps up into a bowl, and from then on it gets a little more scrambly.
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