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Up and over Melvin peak
Timestamp Free: 2020.10.21 - 11:52:08
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Cayoosh Range / Cayoosh Range East
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1315m
Participants: Amy and Ben Eby
Difficulty: 3: Class 2/3 scramble, moderately steep snow, bootskiing on terrible rock down to the lake. Ice axe may be required to gain the col depending on snow conditions
Approach from the North. Gain the E col/ridge and scramble to summit. Descend SW ridge and drop down to Viola lake and proceed out the Viola lake trail to Dowton branch 3 for a short road walk.
[photo]20200704_121959.jpg[caption]From beside the heart shaped lake looking up at Melvin peak, which is partially obscured by clouds. Our ascent boulder gully is on the left.[/photo]

[photo]20201014_175212.jpg[caption]The upper East ridge of Melvin peak[/photo]

[photo]20200704_153656.jpg[caption]Summit shot looking back down towards Downton creek road and the heart shaped lake below. With Mount Seton and Saddlebag peak in the background[/photo]

[photo]20200704_153947.jpg[caption]Awesome summit views all around, especially towards Melvin SW2 and Viola lake, with Downton peak and others in the background[/photo]

[photo]20201014_211137.jpg[caption]Heading out the Viola lake trail looking back up at Melvin SW2[/photo]

I'm finally getting around to posting this after noticing that the last trip reports for Melvin peak were a while ago, but some of this info overlaps with previous trip reports

We decided to try the East ridge of Melvin peak as it seems less frequently visited than from Viola lake.

We easily rolled up Downton main to Downton branch 3 and parked at a small clearing by the creek. The creek was high and we didn't really feel like fording it, so I dropped a dead tree just east of the clearing that can now be used as a bridge. From here you walk the old partially grown in road bed. Theres some alder, but it's easy going to the end of the old road. From here you head South East into the trees, jumping over some small streams and aiming for the East shore of the heart shaped lake. There wasn't any flagged trail, but it's a very short easy bushwack around the lake. There are open areas on rockslides that you sidehill across but its actually very pleasant. Past the lake you enter the trees for a short bit until the boulder field chute that...

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