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The Roe-Brew route has been around for a while, but it wasn't until 2006 that it transitioned into a trail. In 2006 and 2007 many workhikes were carried out to brush out the route, put markers up and cut a better bed surface. The trail can be both hiked and skied.
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The Roe-Brew route first came to light around 1999, but it wasn't until 2006 that it transitioned into a winter trail and then until 2011 that it also became a summer trail. [[History of the Roe-Brew Trail|The history of the trail construction can be read here]]. The trail can be both hiked and skied.
  
 
The trail starts off the R200 Branch of the Roe Creek Road in the middle of a cut-block (circa. 2012). Look for the orange diamonds on a large stump about 50m up road from the 9.5km rock. The trail wraps around the broad ridge running south from Mt. Brew on a bench, connecting with a meadow system just south of Brew Lake. Along the bench the trail ducks in and out of patchy forests and the tail end of some talus slopes. At the meadow, the trail gradually turns left up towards Brew Lake.
 
The trail starts off the R200 Branch of the Roe Creek Road in the middle of a cut-block (circa. 2012). Look for the orange diamonds on a large stump about 50m up road from the 9.5km rock. The trail wraps around the broad ridge running south from Mt. Brew on a bench, connecting with a meadow system just south of Brew Lake. Along the bench the trail ducks in and out of patchy forests and the tail end of some talus slopes. At the meadow, the trail gradually turns left up towards Brew Lake.
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==Trailhead==
 
==Trailhead==
 
[[File:Roe-Brew Trail Sketch 2013.jpg|thumbnail|right|410px|Sketch of Trail]]
 
[[File:Roe-Brew Trail Sketch 2013.jpg|thumbnail|right|410px|Sketch of Trail]]
 
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{{main|Roe Creek Road}}
Starting at Highway 99 travelling north, look for a sign on the right side of the road saying "Chance Creek FSR" or "Cat-ski Tours" or "Powder Mountain Cat-skiing" or something along those lines. There will be a left hand turn bay. If you see the Daisy Lake Dam, you've gone too far. Reset your odometer and immediately cross the Cheakamus River and two railway tracks. There is room for about 20 cars in a small lot just outside the locked gate and parking for Powder Mountain Catskiing 1.6 km from the highway. The road is plowed by PMC up to this point but not farther. At one time PMC allowed parking inside their gated lot for a small number of non-motorized parties but as of February 2017 this practice has been discontinued.
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The trailhead can be accessed via the '''[[Roe Creek Road]]'''. 4WD Parking is at 9.5km and 2WD parking is at 5.9km (from Highway 99). At the 4WD parking, walk up the road about 50m and look for orange diamonds on a stump that mark the beginning of the trail.
 
 
3.0km up the road turn right at the junction to leave the Chance Creek FSR and continue on the Roe Creek Road. At 5.9km you will cross Roe Creek. Low clearance 2WD vehicles can typically make it to this point and will park here. At 8.3km is the R200 branch which U-turns to the right. Some AWD and 2WD may make it here. Reset the odometer. At 0.9km stay right, 1.1km stay left, 1.3km stay right, 1.5km AWD park off to the right while 4WD continue left up a very steep road. Ample parking is at hundred meters up just before the trailhead.
 
  
 
The historic route from Roe Creek was to go up the Roe Creek logging road branch R-200 to it's end, and then climb up onto the top of the ridge that runs south from Mt. Brew. The ridge can be followed up to the alpine west of Brew Lake, and there are several places to drop off the east side of the ridge towards Brew Lake.
 
The historic route from Roe Creek was to go up the Roe Creek logging road branch R-200 to it's end, and then climb up onto the top of the ridge that runs south from Mt. Brew. The ridge can be followed up to the alpine west of Brew Lake, and there are several places to drop off the east side of the ridge towards Brew Lake.
  
 
The following topographical map shows the Roe Creek access trail with logging roads current to October 2013:
 
The following topographical map shows the Roe Creek access trail with logging roads current to October 2013:
 
 
* [http://www.ubc-voc.com/mediawiki/images/1/13/Brew_access_october_2013.pdf 1:50,000 Brew Access Map (PDF File, BC TRIM data)]
 
* [http://www.ubc-voc.com/mediawiki/images/1/13/Brew_access_october_2013.pdf 1:50,000 Brew Access Map (PDF File, BC TRIM data)]
  
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==Bulletins==
 
==Bulletins==
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{{main|History of the Roe-Brew Trail}}
 
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:;2011 September 24 - Phil Tomlinson: A large VOC crew of 14. Permission was recently granted to upgrade this trail for summer use. This was the first trail workhike conducted with that in mind. Much of the trail has already been worn in from informal summer season use.
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:;2008 August 23 - Scott Nelson & Roland Burton: Cut remaining large diameter logs that were laying across the trail. removed stumps from trailhead to start of bench system. Put some logs across wet areas to bridge snow: slide alder patch between 1st and 2nd rock slides, stream between 3rd and 4th rock slides, Removed 2 standing trees with red tape plus several standing dead that were on or adjacent to the trail.
 
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==Waypoints==
 
==Waypoints==
The datum for all the waypoints below is NAD 27, to correspond with the NTS map of the area, {{NTS link|092|J|10}}.
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This section describes the trail pre-2013. Logging during the summer of 2013 has pushed the trailhead almost to the base of the first rock bluff.
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|0.0|| 486038E 5539473N || 1050m || Trailhead || Climb gradually while traversing right to reach the corner of the clearcut
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|0.14|| 486147E 5539420N || 1050m || enter old growth forest || Continue traversing right, up a short hill and cross a stream.
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|0.9|| 486706E 5539497N || 1100m || base of first rock bluff|| A rising traverse to the right, staying below the bluffs leads to an open bowl with more rock bluffs on the left side
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|1.0|| 486858E 5539523N || 1150m || open bowl || Climb up the bottom of the bowl, keeping to the left of center.  Markers are a bit sparse here due to lack of trees to hang them on.  This is one of several spots on the trail that exposes you to some avalanche danger, but it's the only one that you can't detour around.  The slope angle is 31 degrees.
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|1.1|| 486932E 5539637N || 1200m || top of the bowl || the marked route crosses Dragonfly Pond and heads north through the forest
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|1.6||-|| 1200m || second rock bluff || Traverse along the bottom.  It is possible to traverse along the rock slope to save time if avalanche and snowpack conditions permit.  Otherwise follow the trail markers lower down.
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|1.9|| 487075E 5540310N || 1250m || third rock bluff || Climb across the first part of the slope then traverse along the bottom of the remainder of the rock bluff.  If snow stability is poor, head into the forest on climber's right and regain the trail a little further North.
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|2.1|| 487065E 5540459N || 1250m || talus slope || start a steep climb up and right of the talus slope, and continue right across a smaller talus slope.  If snow stability is poor, ascend the forest on climber's right.  At the top of the talus slope, head back into the forest again for another short steep climb followed by a traverse to reach the start of a meadow system.
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|2.5|| 487076E 5540751N || 1310m || Start of Meadow System || Follow the meadows north
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|3.6 || 486851E 5541748N|| 1430m || Brew Lake || The trail markers end at Brew Lake.  Beyond here you must navigate on your own.  Head WNW (300 degrees) for about 1km
 
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|4.6|| 0486165E 5542366N || 1550m || Small Lake above and West of Brew Lake || Head N (0 degrees) and ascend to a col which is just west of the [[Brew Hut]]
 
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|5.6 ||486305E 5543098N || 1686m || [[Brew Hut]] ||-
 
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Revision as of 01:08, 23 October 2018

Roe-Brew Trail
Roe-Brew Trail 2018.jpg
Looking down the trail towards the upper lake in early September 2018.
Length 4.7km
Class Class1
Status Clear
Access Roe Creek Road
Destination Brew Hut
Caretaker Varsity Outdoor Club
Legal
  • Type: FRPA Section 57 Tenure
  • Status: unknown
  • Number: unknown
GPS
KML
Maps


The Roe-Brew route first came to light around 1999, but it wasn't until 2006 that it transitioned into a winter trail and then until 2011 that it also became a summer trail. The history of the trail construction can be read here. The trail can be both hiked and skied.

The trail starts off the R200 Branch of the Roe Creek Road in the middle of a cut-block (circa. 2012). Look for the orange diamonds on a large stump about 50m up road from the 9.5km rock. The trail wraps around the broad ridge running south from Mt. Brew on a bench, connecting with a meadow system just south of Brew Lake. Along the bench the trail ducks in and out of patchy forests and the tail end of some talus slopes. At the meadow, the trail gradually turns left up towards Brew Lake.

From Brew Lake the trail turns West-North-West into the alpine and haphazardly travels up through thick heather and gentle boulder fields before turning North towards Upper Brew Lake. The trail passes the lake on the east side and continues north up towards the saddle of the bowl. At the top of the saddle, the trail turns east and the Hut will be visible a few hundred meters up on-top of a bouldery ridge. In summer, there will be a small glacial tarn below the ridge in between you and the Hut. This is the drinking water lake so fill up here before travelling the last 100m up to the Hut.

By any access route, the final alpine section before reaching Brew Hut is an off trail hike (or ski) and there are no flags or markers. In good weather, navigation is relatively straightforward, however, whiteouts conditions are common above Brew Lake and so good navigation skills can be necessary to reach the hut. A map (92 J/3) and compass are essential to have along.

Trailhead

Sketch of Trail
Main article: Roe Creek Road

The trailhead can be accessed via the Roe Creek Road. 4WD Parking is at 9.5km and 2WD parking is at 5.9km (from Highway 99). At the 4WD parking, walk up the road about 50m and look for orange diamonds on a stump that mark the beginning of the trail.

The historic route from Roe Creek was to go up the Roe Creek logging road branch R-200 to it's end, and then climb up onto the top of the ridge that runs south from Mt. Brew. The ridge can be followed up to the alpine west of Brew Lake, and there are several places to drop off the east side of the ridge towards Brew Lake.

The following topographical map shows the Roe Creek access trail with logging roads current to October 2013:

Summer Access

2WD 4WDHC
Parking Location 5.9km up Roe Creek Rd @ elev. 700m 9.5km up R200 Branch @ elev. 1100m
Nearest Town Squamish (33.0km) Squamish (33.0km)
Hiking distance 5.5km 2.0km
Elevation gain 986m (3,155 ft) 586m (1,875 ft)
Approximate time 3.0 hours in / 2.5 hours out 2.5 hours in / 2 hours out

Winter Access

4WDHC
Parking Location 1.5km up Chance Creek FSR @ elev. 448m
Nearest Town Squamish (33.0km)
Skinning distance 10.0km
Elevation gain 1,238m (3,962 ft)
Approximate time 6.0-8.0 hours in / 3.0-6.0 hours out (depending on snow)
Avalanche serious.gif Avalanche Hazard
The route and terrain described here is capable of producing avalanches. Safe travel requires the skills and equipment to assess and mitigate avalanche hazards. A professionally taught training course is highly recommended.

While this route is much safer than any of the other access routes to the Brew Hut, avalanches can still pose a threat under unstable conditions. The avalanche hazard along this route is similar to the avalanche hazard along the marked winter route to the Elfin Lakes hut in Garibaldi Park. The route crosses several open south facing talus slopes between 1150m and 1300m elevation. These slopes are steep enough to avalanche under the right conditions. Since the slopes are at low elevation and sheltered from the wind, only rare circumstances would create avalanche hazard. The slopes are south facing so they frequently see pinwheeling and small wet loose snow avalanches, but these types of slides are generally not very dangerous here because of the small size of the slopes. The CAA below treeline avalanche hazard rating is applicable to these slopes.

None of the slopes are very large, with a maximum height of about 50m and thus they are not capable of generating avalanches larger than size 2. The first of the slopes at 1150m is difficult to avoid. This slope is 31 degrees. The remaining ones can be easily bypassed in the forest on the downhill side.

The alpine section of the route from Brew Lake to Brew Hut is very open terrain. It is possible to navigate this section without being exposed to any avalanche slopes, but it is also possible to wander into avalanche start zones, especially in poor visibility.

Bulletins

2011 September 24 - Phil Tomlinson
A large VOC crew of 14. Permission was recently granted to upgrade this trail for summer use. This was the first trail workhike conducted with that in mind. Much of the trail has already been worn in from informal summer season use.
2008 August 23 - Scott Nelson & Roland Burton
Cut remaining large diameter logs that were laying across the trail. removed stumps from trailhead to start of bench system. Put some logs across wet areas to bridge snow: slide alder patch between 1st and 2nd rock slides, stream between 3rd and 4th rock slides, Removed 2 standing trees with red tape plus several standing dead that were on or adjacent to the trail.

Waypoints

This section describes the trail pre-2013. Logging during the summer of 2013 has pushed the trailhead almost to the base of the first rock bluff.

Km UTM Elevation Description Directions
0.0 486038E 5539473N 1050m Trailhead Climb gradually while traversing right to reach the corner of the clearcut
0.14 486147E 5539420N 1050m enter old growth forest Continue traversing right, up a short hill and cross a stream.
0.9 486706E 5539497N 1100m base of first rock bluff A rising traverse to the right, staying below the bluffs leads to an open bowl with more rock bluffs on the left side
1.0 486858E 5539523N 1150m open bowl Climb up the bottom of the bowl, keeping to the left of center. Markers are a bit sparse here due to lack of trees to hang them on. This is one of several spots on the trail that exposes you to some avalanche danger, but it's the only one that you can't detour around. The slope angle is 31 degrees.
1.1 486932E 5539637N 1200m top of the bowl the marked route crosses Dragonfly Pond and heads north through the forest
1.6 - 1200m second rock bluff Traverse along the bottom. It is possible to traverse along the rock slope to save time if avalanche and snowpack conditions permit. Otherwise follow the trail markers lower down.
1.9 487075E 5540310N 1250m third rock bluff Climb across the first part of the slope then traverse along the bottom of the remainder of the rock bluff. If snow stability is poor, head into the forest on climber's right and regain the trail a little further North.
2.1 487065E 5540459N 1250m talus slope start a steep climb up and right of the talus slope, and continue right across a smaller talus slope. If snow stability is poor, ascend the forest on climber's right. At the top of the talus slope, head back into the forest again for another short steep climb followed by a traverse to reach the start of a meadow system.
2.5 487076E 5540751N 1310m Start of Meadow System Follow the meadows north
3.6 486851E 5541748N 1430m Brew Lake The trail markers end at Brew Lake. Beyond here you must navigate on your own. Head WNW (300 degrees) for about 1km
4.6 0486165E 5542366N 1550m Small Lake above and West of Brew Lake Head N (0 degrees) and ascend to a col which is just west of the Brew Hut
5.6 486305E 5543098N 1686m Brew Hut -