To reach the access road, about three kilometers past Duffy Lake you will see a mileage sign, this is the start of Blowdown Creek road, which climbs up to the right.
I always wanted to visit Blowdown Pass in winter. This place brings good memories, today's visit had a very special meaning for many things that are quite difficult to describe. Logging has been reactivated on the lower part of the pass, I drove maybe 1 kilometer but I got stuck and I had to drive on reverse for almost 500 metres.
Today I was carrying my big backpack, this is one of those places where I am mentally prepared to spend the night. With that in mind I started my cross country skiing along the road.
Then I realized how quickly I was ascending. Blowdown Pass is one of the approaches used when hiking into Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Provincial Park.
Thanks to active logging, now the first 9 km of the logging road are 2WD, but in winter it is a different story and only 4WD can reach the parking lot. In normal conditions you should be able to drive as far as 10 km up the road. If you are a hard-core driver you can drive all the way up to the pass.
Back to my outing, from km 9.5 the road rises steeply, and 500 meters later I went right into the original mining road
This is where the real fun began for me. I don't know what happen, maybe the fast ascent, maybe the weight of my backpack of just the physical effort but I got sick, and in certain point I wanted to puke.
Somehow I started to drift my mind away from my body and then, from the distance I started to see the peak that is the eternal companion of Blowdown Lake.
Finally I reach the junction where you can go either to Blowdown Lake or go left towards the pass
This is a transition zone, coastal terrain gives way to that of the interior, and in the process the alpine tundra biogeoclimatic zone becomes more accessible..
Here I was able to reach the alpine perimeter at the 6,700-foot (2044-m) elevation, well below the benchmark of 7,382 feet (2250 m) in Pemberton and Whistler.