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Coliseum via the Paton Lookout Trail
Timestamp Free: 2020.11.25 - 01:57:40
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Howe Sound Group
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1250m
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 2: Steep trail, easy to follow beaten path in daylight. Occasionally lost the trail briefly. Light hiking boots good. Steep with some minor exposed steps, but reasonable footing if dry.
A pleasant bike and hike daytrip. The lower gate locks at 5:00 PM and at 5:15 we were locked in and had to wait for the gate to be opened remotely.
[photo]202011_Robin.jpg[caption]Summit of Coliseum. Cathedral just to left of my head. Burwell Lake to the right[/photo]

In the fall when days are short, our thoughts often turn to the Vancouver North Shore. Only drawback is you typically need to climb over 1200m to get into any alpine terrain. But once you are there, it's can be as rugged and remote as the long drive peaks during longer days. Just a short bike ride or drive, and you can be out there in the grand old style for a full day of exploration.

Over the years, I've done many north shore hikes, but had never been up Paton Peak. So we set out for a bike and hike. Ride at high speed the 10km distance up the paved, car free Seymour Valley Trailway and then hike about 800m to Paton and perhaps continue to Coliseum for a 1200m vertical gain. And we'd be in the land of barren rocks, little tarns and fabulous views. Over the past summer, we've done at least 5 trips where we cycle all the way from our house to the lower Seymour valley. But due to the very short days of November we decided to break down and drive to the Lower Seymour parking lot and cycle from there.

From our house in Vancouver we drove across the second narrows bridge and up to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Here we parked in the large parking lot at the Rice Lake Gate Washroom. The lot was already almost full when we got there at 9:30AM. It was 5 degrees C. We unloaded our bikes and pedaled at a good speed up the largely deserted Seymour Valley Trailway (SVT).

In this report, I'll include a brief review of bicycle gear ratios. For any pavement trip you want a high gear with a cog ratio of 3.5. Today I had my old Rocky Mountain from 1993, which has a triple chain ring on the front (42/32/22 teeth), and 32-12 cassette on the back....

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