This is a popular area with mountaineers of all abilities and with backcountry skiers. This place is home of the Joffre Group, where Mount Matier and Joffre Peak are the most dominant and popular peaks. One approach is from the Joffre lakes Trail in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park and the other one is from Cerise Creek to the east, today I am giving it a try to Cerise Creek.
The first kilometer of this easy hike gives you some views of Duffey Lake and Mt. Rohr. Duffey Lake is a protected wildlife habitat, particularly for mountain goats, grizzly bears and black bears
The Duffey Lake/Cayoosh Creek Valley was historically used as a travel route between the Lillooet First Nations on Lillooet Lake and the Stl’alt’imx First Nation on the Fraser River. The area was important to these First Nations for hunting, trapping and food gathering.
After almost one kilometer you will reach the road, usually this is the landing area during summer time, turn right and walk 250 meters until you find the trailhead sign on your left. There are not markers but in summer the footbed is obvious
After maybe one hour I reached the toe of Anniversay Glacier. It is a spectacular location, with the ridges and faces of Mounts Joffre and Matier soaring more than 1000 m (3280 ft) above. A well-maintained hut stands nearby; it was build in memory of Keith Flavelle who died on the east ridge of Mount Logan in 1986. Today the glacier was my objective
Mount Matier, Anniversay Glacier and Joffre Peak
The snow conditions were excellent for a safe ascent and I decided to give it a try following the left side of the glacier (in summer you should go right to avoid the crevasses). Actually, I was never really on top of the glacier.
On my way up I found a group of backcountry skiers. They were skiing on the other side of the ridge
On my left I have views of Vantage Peak. At 2235 m (7333 ft) this gentle peak gives great views of Joffre, Matier and Howar. The peak was first climbed in 1958 as a reconissance for Mount Matier and it was named by first ascent party
On my right I was getting closer to Joffre and the glacier. Together with Mount Matier, Joffre attracts its own weather, which results in two healthy glaciers to the southwest and southeast. The rock is granitic, but varies in character about the peak from well broken and rubbly, to steep and clean, well featured with splitter cracks.
At this point I have completed three hours of snowshoeing and I decided to stop. Turning around, and ten kilometers away it was Mount Rohr. Father Victor Rohr was the Oblate missionary to the Indians in the region between Skookumchuck and Williams Lake in the first half of the Twentieth Century. The peak was named by Father Damasus Payne OSB, who climbed extensively, and died in 1978 on Golden Ears.
Mount Rohr - 2423 m (7949 ft)
In the latter part of the 1960's, continuing into the 1970's, John Howard's "Alpine Crafts" guiding company ran mountaineering courses into the area on a fairly steady basis. Many of the classic easier routes on the peaks were developed during this period.
The Alpine Crafts guides gave many of the peaks provisional names which can be seen in the 1974 Culbert guide. However, the Geographic Names committee recognized that many of these peaks already had names bestowed on them by the Lil'wat First Nation, and made the latter names official. Most of these names have become the commonly used ones. The exception is Slalok, which many older climbers still call "Rex's Pillar".
The small Anniversary Glacier offers good powder skiing in the winter. The rock in the area is granitic, but varies from solid to loose and broken. The biggest rock faces are the NE side of Joffre, and the SW side of Matier.
1. 50:22.876-122:24.742 Elev 1230m - Trailhead and Parking Lot
2. 50:22.265-122:24.783 Elev 1329m - Km 1 - Road
3. 50:22.066-122:24.828 Elev 1321m - Km 1.25 - Go left
4. 50:20.324-122:25.175 Elev 1806m - End of hike
Roundtrip length: 12 km (7.5 miles)
Time: 5.5 hours
Elevation gain : 580 meters (1902 ft)
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To reach the trailhead drive to Mount Courie, then turn right onto Highway 99 for Lillooet. Zero your odometer, at around 33 kms you will see a wood sign showing the winter approach. The winter approach now is being used in summer as well, many people are concerned about their cars thanks to the alders growing on Cerise Creek East Forest Service Road, it's not worth when you are only saving 1 km of hike in mostly flat terrain.
Driving distance from Vancouver: 185 km (115 miles)