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Widgeon Lake to Mamquam Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2020.10.21 - 13:32:40
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (8 days)     Elevation Gain: 4400m
Participants: John Baldwin, Linda Bily, Rachel Baldwin, Jeremy Leal Alison Sydor, George Fulton
Difficulty: 4: Difficult alpine travel with lots of micro terrain and some sections of blueberry bushes in the sub alpine, but no difficult slide alder or avalanche paths to cross.
Alpine traverse along the ridges from Widgeon Lake past the Five Fingers and Meslilloet Mtn to logging roads near Seed Pk.
This is a rugged alpine traverse along the west side of the high divide west of Pitt Lake. It starts from Widgeon Lake and follows the ridges past the Five Fingers Group, drops briefly below treeline to get around the head of the Coquitlam River, then continues along ridges past Meslilloet Mtn and exits to the logging rods near the Seed Pk trail.

You can see these ridges easily from Mt Seymour. I had thought about this trip for many years and thought it would be neat to connect this area to the seldom visited Meslilloet area. Access to the Mamquam has been very difficult for a few years but this year they opened up the roads to Seed Pk again so it seemed like this was the perfect year for the trip. Some friends had travelled the ridge to Five Fingers and raved about the area. Before the trip, I also found a trip report from early June 2016 where 2 fellows had done the exact same traverse that we had planned.

Anthony's Trip in 2016

We started from Widgeon Lake. There is a trail that accesses the south end of Widgeon Lk but because Widgeon Lake is surrounded by cliffs it is extremely difficult to walk around the lake shore to get to the north end of the lake where the trip starts. Jeremy and Alison paddled a packraft and inflatable SUP across the Pitt River, hiked up to the lake and paddled to the north side of the lake. The rest of us flew in a Beaver from Pitt Meadows and got dropped off at the north end of the lake. We brought in Alison and Jeremey's food and the plane took out the packraft and SUP. We camped at the lakeshore the first night. I highly recommend this as the lake is beautiful. It was very hot and the swimming is...

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