Steven Song's Peak-bagging Journey

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I was living in Vancouver between Oct, 2008 and May, 2011. During which I discovered the mountains surrounding Vancouver a little bit, for example, the famous Garibaldi Lake, Wedgemount Lake, Grouse Grind, etc. I'm now studying in UofA but I still have lots of friends living in Vancouver, so I will come back. I gonna list my trip wishlist here, so if you are interested in, please contact me.
Cheam Peak + Lady Peak (Note my car couldn't make to the FSR);
Wedge Mountain + surrounding peaks;
Castle Towers + Mt. Price

Steven Song
 
Black Tusk Viewpoint (2010.9.17)
Sep 17, 2010

(IB GEO FIELDTRIP) We all knew we would have a long hike on Black Tusk Trail in a field trip at the ...more

beginning of IB Geography. One year later, this day finally came. We got a cloudy day at the beginning, but the sun finally came out near Black Tusk Meadows. Seriously this was my third time hiking the 9km trail to Garibaldi Lake from Rubble Creek Parking Lot.
Since all geography students had to do this hike, we did it in a very slow pace. So in order to get far, we had to wake up at 5am in the morning, and arrive at the parking lot before 8am. Even though, we still didn’t reach the base of the Tusk, in stead we only made to the Black Tusk Viewpoint, the end of the official trail. (The rest part belongs to scrambling). Due to the short daylight time, we didn’t go to the lake shore on the way down. BAD BAD... it would only take 15 minute...

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Flora Pass Trail (2010.8.25)
Aug 25, 2010

This was my first time hiking with Calvin Tu. Our original plan was Cheam Peak, located at the easte ...more

rn Fraser Valley. However, the approach road was suck, and we couldn’t continue to drive. So we were forced to change the plan. We drove 50km further east to Chilliwack Lake, and hiked the Flora Pass Trail. This trail offers great view of Chilliwack Lake. Due to the limited daylight time, we didn’t make to the pass, instead we turned back after breaking the treeline.

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Wedgemount Lake & Glacier (2010.8.12)
Aug 12, 2010

This was my second time hiking Wedgemount Lake Trail. Last time, in July 2009, the weather was overc ...more

ast, and the views were obscured. Wedge Mountain and Mt. Weart were even hidden in clouds. So I decided to visit this beautiful place again, and thus to take some beautiful pictures. I reached the lake in 2 hours and 20 minutes, so I decided to give Mt. Cook a try. However, due to the limited experience on scrambling and route finding, and the poor equipment, I turned back after gaining about 150m elevation. After that, since there were still lots of time, I hiked to the toe of Wedgemount Glacier. There was a big ice cave.
Wedgemount Lake is located in the northern Garibaldi Provincial Park, near Whistler, BC. The highest mountain in the surrounding area is Wedge Mountain (2892m), which is also the highest mountain in Garibaldi Provincial Park. There are five mountains around Wedgemount Lake that can be done as easy or moderate scrambling, including Mt. Cook, Mt. Weart, Parkthurst Mountain, Rathel Mountain, and Wedge Mountain. I will give them a try someday in the future when I go back to Vancouver to visit my friends. Standing on top of Wedge Mountain will give the similar sense of feelind as standing on top of Mt. Temple near Lake Louise, since you are looking down at everything surrounding.

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Garibaldi Lake (2010.4.11)
Apr 11, 2010

This was my second time to Garibaldi Lake, but definitely my first real winter outing, that is, to h ...more

ike on top of thick snowpack. The temperature was mild, and wind was calm. Just like the first time, we stopped at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver to take a break and take pictures, then continued to drive to Rubble Creek Parking Lot, 37km north of Squamish, the trail head. Our plan was to go as higher as we could. Since we didn’t have snowshoes, we could only stay on other people’s track to avoid or minimize post-holing. The farthest we got was near Black Tusk Meadows. The sky cleared after I decended back to Garibaldi Lake. I also tried to go further into the lake, for about one hour. But the view didn’t change too much.

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Campbell Lake Trail (2009.12.24)
Dec 24, 2009

The clouds finally lifted up on Christmas Eve day. But since it was December, we couldn’t do any hig ...more

h elevation hike due to the amount of snow. So, we drove to the eastern Fraser Valley, and turned off at Agassiz / Harrison Hot Spring road. After taking some pictures of Harrison Lake, we began to hike Campbell Lake Trail. Since we parked at Harrison Lake shore, we hiked several extra kilometers. The attraction of this hike is not Campbell Lake, instead it offers a very good viewpoint to give a bird’s view of Harrison Lake, the largest lake in Fraser Valley, with maximum depth 275m. We turned back after reaching this viewpoint, in order to get back home earlier.

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Base of The Black Tusk (2009.9.27)
Sep 27, 2009

Because I live in Vancouver, I have to visit Garibaldi Lake, the most popular and famous day hiking ...more

destination. Apart, this was my first time driving over 100km, so I got great views + exercise + driving experience on one trip. I took a break at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, which gives very good views of Howe Sound’s fiord coastal lanscape.
The trail head is located 37km north of Squamish. We hiked 9km directly to Garibaldi Lake passing The Barrier Lookout, Barrier Lake and Lesser Garribaldi Lake. Just like Wedgemount Lake in Whistler, Peyto Lake and Moraine Lake in Banff, Garibaldi Lake definitely qualifies one of my favourites. We took a lunch break on the lakeshore, then headed towards The Black Tusk. My dad was exhausted and stopped at Black Tusk Meadows, and I continued. Since I had little experience on scrambling, I decided only to get to the base of the Tusk. The final part of summit block requires difficult scrambling, well, more difficult than Mt. Temple’s crux for sure. So, in 2009, I had no chance to make to the actual summit. But by reaching the base of the Tusk, I already got most of the views I could. The best view is towards southeast, where Mt. Garibaldi rises behind Garibaldi Lake. The Table can be seen in front of Mt. Garibaldi. To east, the most prominant peak is Castle Towers, looming beside Sphinx Glacier. To north, the highest peak in the park, Wedge Mountain, is visible too. The downside was the smoke from BC forest fire, which obscured the views. Sea to Sky Highway was not visible and Tantalus Ridge was merely seen. I took an alternate descend route to the Black Tusk Viewpoint. Without hiking poles, I had a very hard time to get down the steep scree slope. By the time we hiked back to our vehicle, it was already dark.

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Skyline 1 Trail Partway (2009.8.8)
Aug 8, 2009

My mom needed to practice long distance driving, so we decided to go hiking in this weekends. It was ...more

rainy all the way from Fraser Valley, Northshore Mountains, to Sea to Sky Country, so the only choice was to hike in Manning Park, located relatively further from the orographic side of Coast Mountains. Lightning Lake is the most attractive tourism site in the park, located 3 hours drive from home. There are lots of trails starting from Lightning Lake, and we chose to hike Skyline 1 Trail. Since the weather was overcast, we only made to the first high point and then turned back. We decided to leave the rest of the trail for another day in the future, in a sunny day of course.

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Wedgemount Lake (2009.7.16)
Jul 16, 2009

This was my first real hike in Canada, but I chose a difficult one (in terms of hiking, not scrambli ...more

ng). Wedgemount Lake Trail is located in northern Garibaldi Provincial Park, 11km north of Whistler. So, it was a relatively long drive from White Rock, our home. The trail is very steep and narrow. Since it was our first hike, we did it in a slow pace. Once breaking the treeline, the views suddenly open up. It was my first time standing in front of snow coverd peaks and alpine glacier fed lake. We didn’t venture further to the glacier, nor trying to scramble up the mountains. The weather was overcast, so the highest mountain in this region, Wedge Mountain, was hidden in clouds. But even so, the views were great. One year later, I came back to this region with a mostly suny sky and my new camera, and the view was certainly better. In the future, I will come back again to scramble Wedge Mountain.

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