The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Vicar Lakes - Sun, Jun 14 2015

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:Lower Symour Conservation Area HQ Parking lot
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jun 14 2015  8:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jun 12 2014 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:7-8 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)

In case you can't make this trip on Saturday and don't have time for an overnight....There will be a second .... Day trip (SUNDAY) to Vicar Lakes....(in conjunction with) the Mt Bishop overnight trip whose participants will spend Saturday night at Vicar Lakes before heading down the Trail on Sunday...hopefully ... after climbing Mt Bishop (11k cycle one way) through Lower Seymour Demonstration forest to Seymour Dam. Hike to Vicar Lakes (about 8 hour total time return that is 2 hrs bike 2 hrs hike 2 hrs hike down & 2 hours bike back to cars) Via the North Shore Rescue trail which runs up from the East side of the Seymour Dam. This trail travels through an absolutely magnificant stand of Old Growth Giants knows as "the Generals" from there 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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