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Beginner-friendly trip: Semaphore lakes · Sat. Oct. 19th - Sun. Oct. 20th
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Start: Saturday, Oct. 19th
End: Sunday, Oct. 20th
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: clubroom
Semaphore lakes, located North-West of Pemberton, are described in Matt Gunn's scramble book as a "gem of the coast mountains". The easy access (1h30 min hike to the lakes), beautiful landscapes and easy nearby scrambles seem to make it an ideal location for a beginner friendly trip.
I have not been there myself, but last year's trip to the area seem to have been very successful, judging by the broad smile on everybody's face:
(And no, there is no volcano in the area)
More details about this past trip, including awesome pictures, can be found here.
As of now, our plan has striking similarities with this past trip and involves leaving early on Saturday (it is a 3.5 hr drive from Vancouver to the trailhead on a 2wd friendly road), hike up to the lake and scamble up Locomotive Mtn (680m elevation gain from the lake, 3hr ascent time). Depending on everybody's motivation level, we may consider going up Faceless Mtn from the top of Locomotive Mtn. On Sunday morning, we will probably go up Face Mtn, and then pack up our gear and return to Vancouver in the evening.
Apart from the usual hiking gear, it shouldn't involve much more than solid hiking boots, hiking poles, a helmet and possibly an ice axe.
I unfortunately don't own a car and we will therefore need drivers. I also set the limit of participants to 10, but this may change depending on the number of experienced people who sign up.