Seton Ridge Trail
Seton Ridge is the treed ridge running east from the Cayoosh Range between Seton
Lake and Copper Creek. This was my second attempt to do this hike.
At 75 kilometers along the Duffey Lake road, we took a logging road crossing
Cayoosh Creek and climbing to 4600 feet (1400 m) cresting the top of the ridge.
Over there you have views of Seton Lake.
On the ridge we took an abandoned logging road and at the end of the road we
followed a tiny trail.
Somehow, the trail was gone :( Then, we decided to come back, Seton Lake
was the only witness of this failed attempt. Seton Lake is only 800 feet
(240 m) above sea level. This lake connects the Portage's benign temperate
orchard country to the severe desert and dry rangeland of Lillooet and the
Fraser Canyon. You can see these changes in only 32 km (the length of the
lake). Back to the road, 100 meters before the car a red tape was showing
a very obvious trail. We started to hike all our way up, the trail is in
very good condition. We were trying to reach the alpine (2000 meters), but
this trail is quite long (over 10 km) and I think next time this one is going to
be an overnighter trip.
There is only one person that I know can make this trip in a single day. his
name is Klaus Haring. One day (1996), on the Stein Valley he was sitting
on a rock and suddenly the rock lost balance, the rock fell over him. He
made it to his car with one broken hand and leg in two days. And yes, he
drove on the logging road to Lillooet hospital with only one foot and hand.
Of his hundred solo trips, one that is very famous is his transverse of
Garibaldi Park to Allouette Lake in 16 days.
Going down hill, we got more views to Seton Lake, Seton Lake is one the
deepest lakes of the province, the deepest sounding so far being 1500 feet (457
meters). In the old days, a succession of small steam ferries served the
original rush of gold-crazed adventurers en route to Lillooet and the Cariboo as
well as generations of the residents of Shalalth and the Portage; there are said
to be eight of these vessels lost to the waters of the lake, as well as a number
of PGE/BCR locomotives.
I think that this picture of Seton Lake and the rainbow is one the best pictures
ever taken in one of my trips.