The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Vicar Lakes - Sat, Jul 26 2014

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:Lower Symour Conservation Area HQ Parking lot
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 26 2014  8:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jul 24 2014 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:8 hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): Rob Brusse
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Number Registered So Far: 1 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

Day trip to Vicar conjunction with overnight trip that will spend the night there....... after heading climbing Mt Bishop. Cycle (11 k one way) through Lower Seymour Demonstration forest to Seymour Dam. Hike to Vicar Lakes (about 8 hour return) Via the North Shore Rescue trail which runs up from the East side of the Seymour Dam. This trail bring one by an absolutely magnificant stand of Old Growth Giants knows as "the Generals) and then after about a 2 hour hike on to Vicar Lake, Bishop Peak is flanked closely by Mount Dickens on the North, with Elsay Lake and Mount Elsay to the South. Beyond the trail this is rough backcountry . Another typical North Shore Trail, steep and challenging but with lots of North Shore rescue handlines! Follow the orange tapes uphill to the Vicar Lake area, at 950m. There are ropes on the more difficult sections. Once you reach the lake go around it to the left and look for the trail up Mt Bishop which begins there. The Indian Arm Trail shares the route from the lakes upward, but you leave the trail in the upper meadows to gain Bishop's main summit. Return whence you came This is rugged wilderness territory, so be well prepared, be fit and know your capabilities. Many parties will want to make this an overnight trip, camping is permitted within the boundaries of Mt Seymour Provincial park The trail itself is approximately 7 km return off of the Seymour Valley Trailway. Return distance from the start of the trailway is estimated at 32.6 km. Vicar Lake is the halfway point, timewise, on this trail to Mt Bishop from LSCR. There are Mmany fixed-ropes and steep sections. It's well-marked with a surprisingly well-established trailbed. At about 20 minutes into the trail, you come upon the grove of old growth containing The General and The General's wife. Just seeing these two trees is worth the effort to get there! This is a steep and strenuous route, and getting to the trailhead involves a 13km walk or bike ride (one-way) from the Rice Lake Gate.

Required Items to Bring:
bicycle for 11 k road portion....hiking poles, lunch, extra water
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Click to check out recent Club Tread Trip report by jayjardine

Contact rob brusse call 604-732-7730
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