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Train Glacier Traverse (Intermediate Friendly) · Sat. Sep. 23rd, 2023 - Mon. Sep. 25th, 2023

Warning: This is an old trip - it already happened

Warning, this trip has been cancelled : too much sky water

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Organized by: AJ Dreher.

Start: Saturday, Sep. 23rd
End: Monday, Sep. 25th
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Sep. 21st, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: clubroom


The Train Glacier Traverse is an alpine scramble traverse above Semaphore Lakes, connecting Locomotive Mountain, Tender Mountain, Caboose Peak, Faceless Mountain and Face Mountain. I did a part of the traverse this summer, and I'd like to go back and complete the whole thing! The traverse features incredible views, a simple and short approach, some magnificent lakes, and an opportunity to link up a number of peaks with moderate scrambling and ridge rambling!

The traverse is decribed in detail here (though these folks did it in a day). The plan is to drive up on Saturday and hike the short trail to Semaphore Lakes, grab a nice campsite, and have a chill afternoon. The next day we'll set out early and complete the loop. Depending on what time we finish, we could pack up and hike out that night, or the next morning (it's a long drive back to Vancouver, which I would rather not do super late at night and exhausted). 

The scrambling tops out at high class 3, so you should have some prior scrambing experience and be comfortable navigating this type of terrain. Having good fitness and endurance is also important, because the traverse will be a long day and moving efficiently will be important for finishing in reasonable time. 

If some folks would rather not do the entire traverse or do not have sufficient experience, Locomotive Mountain is a nice objective in its own right and is a good introduction to scrambling. If there is enough interest, some folks could do the full traverse and others can do just Locomotive.

The weather forecast will influence whether or not this trip happens--if the forecast is predicting rain, the trip will probably be cancelled or we'll switch objectives. I'll make the call the week of the trip. Please let me know if you cannot make the pre trip meeting in advance--if enough folks can't make it, I'll move it on Discord.

Gear required:

-General backpacking gear and food for an overnight or 2 night trip


-Sandals or extra shoes, for the creek crossing

-Small/medium day pack (25-40L) may be nice if your backpacking pack is huge

Posted: 2023-09-14 13:05:05
Last modified: 2023-09-21 16:37:48