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Porcupine Ridge Hike

Where:

  • Porcupine Ridge

 

When:

  • May 22, 2021

 

Who:

  • Ed, Oak, Tomonori, Peter, Lisa, Craig, Mike, Brenda, Angela, Jeff

 

Trailhead:

  • the trailhead is 15 km south of Highway 1 on Highway 40
  • you can either park in the ditch on the left-hand side of the road before the creek or on the right-hand side
  • the trailhead starts out along the north (left) side of the creek
  • after a flat walk and just past the climber’s cliffs where the creek splits, you climb the mountain between the two creeks
  • look for pink ribbons as the trail can be hard to follow, but on this day, we were able to follow a snow-packed trail to Porcupine Ridge

 

 

Degree of difficulty:

  • 700 meters of elevation to Porcupine Ridge
  • 8 km out and back
  • steep incline once you leave the creekbed
  • there are some slabby sections, but they are manageable, and the trail is well defined
  • the hike took us 4 hours
  • we did not make it to the final peak (Tiara) as we would have had to posthole through some deep snow

 

 

Interesting notes:

  • the views are limited while you climb through the forest, but then you break out to panoramic 360-degree vistas
  • one side of the ridge (south) is bordered by Wasootch Creek and the other side (north) by the Mount Baldy range
  • there are beautiful views of Mount McDougall, Mount Bryant, Mount Baldy, Boundary Ridge, Mount Allan, Mount Collembola, and Mount Lorette