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Exploring the Joffre Peak Slide
Timestamp Free: 2020.10.22 - 06:35:37
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Joffre Group
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 150m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Moderate difficult ford, very rough rocks
An exploration of the Cerise Creek trail conditions
After I heard about the Joffre Peak rock slide last spring I climbed Mount Rohr for an areal view of the devastation. See Viewing the New Face of Joffre Ever since I wanted to see the area close up and check the trail conditions. There were no recent updates on bivouac, so this week I got around to it. I had not hiked the trail for many years, but found the start of the trail without problems. At the first small tree was a new carved wooden sign: KEITH HUT CLOSED-COVID. At the river the log bridge I remembered was gone. A bit further down a steel cable was strung between 2 trees, much too high to hold on while fording. I dont know how it is intended to be used and had nothing along to take advantage of it. The clear water was hard to tell how deep it was. On a cold cloudy fall morning a ford was not appealing, so I continued to my next destination, Downton creek.
[photo]P1110521.JPG[caption]Matier and Joffre Peak from the road side[/photo]
However first I stopped at the wide shoulder where you get the first good views of Matier and Joffre Peak to take a photo of the mountains with the first traces of snow. Then decided to at least try the ford. I drove back the short distance and changed to shorts and took my iceax to probe the water depth and for balance.
At the creek I put my boots on my day pack to have the hands free to climb the vertical bank on the other side. The water was a bit more than knee deep, but I kept my shorts dry. Moderate difficult ford, very rogh The start of the trail had a few deadfalls, some recently cut. A few were a bit difficult to get over or under. Otherwise it was easy walking until I came to a wall of logs blocking the trail.
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