This hike is one of the most strenuous ones on the Lower Mainland. It involves two lakes and a peak called Mount MacFarlane, most people stay overnight on the lower lake.
The total distance is 22 km with an elevation gain of 1765 m (5790 ft), but to the lower lake is 16 km with an elevation gain of 1080 metres (3543 ft). A good hiker can make this trip in less than 9 hours.
Our objective was to reach the first lake. Very few people try to reach this place during this time of the year.
This is an awesome trail, and a huge grunt with a 50 pound pack on. Snow started to appear on the first slide area.
After crossing the slide area we were back into the woods. Snow was gone for a while.
But at this time the snow was quite deep, snowshoe time baby!
We were keeping an open eye on the time, but the hike itself was steeper and longer than we prepared for. I expected a distance of about 4.5 km. The following day I did some research, the real distance is 8 km.
Then, it was time to use ropes. The trail was completely covered by snow. What a relentlessly steep trail.
We did this hike two years ago and I knew that we were really close to the lake, but it was going to be dark in less than 3.5 hours. It took us four hours to reach this point but we were back in only 2.5 hours. I think this experience was worth the pain that I felt for one day.
The extra hour needed to reach this point will be available in three weeks. A second attempt is scheduled for the middle of March.
Round trip: 260 km (163 miles)