The hike starts with a fairly steep 3 km grunt up through a pretty and mossy forest, in which we saw a pine martin (running too fast to photograph) and a spruce grouse.
|Trying to be invisible|
|South flanks of Mist Mountain|
|Nameless Ridge. We'll be up there later|
|About halfway through the meadow|
|Nearing the top. Odlum Ridge in the background|
|Mist in all its glory|
|Plateau with Mt. Burke on the left|
|Northeast over Mist Ridge|
|Colourful algae lead the way|
We had trouble finding the traverse route's start; when we did, we were 10 m below the weak trail. We climbed up to it (you can see it in the photo below), crossed a draw that still had snow in it, then had to cross a scree slope. I was in the lead, with Karen behind. About 20 m into the scree, the whole slope started moving, taking me with it. I moved downhill about 2-3 m, while trying to move out of the flowing rocks. The sliding scree at my level loosed much larger rocks from above, and suddenly I was being passed by rolling and sliding rocks the size of microwaves. I moved fast enough to get out of the moving rock, but every pole plant started more sliding.
I finally got to more stable scree, and looked back at Karen 20 m away.
|Most everything between me and her slid|
Being as close to the hot spring as I was going to get, I got one more picture.
|The spring is obvious. People have built two pools at the top|
|To the middle of the first rockfall|
|Looking south down the ridge|
|Karen makes the last rocks. Mist sticks up|
|Looking north. Banded Peak in the middle|
|Looking southwest towards the Divide & Mt. Odlum|
|Looking straight up the range. Mt. Rae is up there|
|South from Peak 1. Peak 2 on left. Odlum Ridge across the valley|
|North from Peak 2. Nameless Col on left|
|South from Peak 2|
|South from Peak 3|
|Mist Ridge from Peak 3. The larches are almost spent|
|Approaching Peak 4|
On Nameless Ridge, you just follow the ridge crest, so there's no trail. A trail was supposed to show up near Peak 4 but we never found it. And the trouble is the slope just keeps on getting steeper and steeper. The guidebook suggested to just keep following the ridge crest down. At Peak 4, though, the ridge crest sort of splits (it doesn't, actually; what look like ridges are just the tops of gullies on the southwest face). We were supposed to keep following the left ridge crest.
|The left crest|
|The middle gully top crest|
|Across the slope looking east to show you the grade|
|The left crest. Notice it just rolls over.|
So we ignored the guidebook and headed down the right gully crest. The going was steep but with good footing. We had to get through a rock band or two, but they were easy to sort out. We got to an obvious flat that was a bedroom for either deer, elk or sheep. Poop all over, bedding down spots in the grass, and the game trail that's hundred of years old heads down from it.
|The trail cutting down to the left|
|At the start of the game trail. You can see it on the other side of the draw|
|The "correct" route stays on the ridge on the right|
|The traverse we used to cross the gully is obvious|
We stopped at the Mt. Lipset parking lot for a good view back of the ridge descent.
|Peak 3, Peak 4, and the last bump|
|Zoomed in from the bump down|
|Zoomed even more for the lower section|
|Same picture but with the route annotated|
By the way, I would never ascend the route we descended. For starters, it would be nigh on impossible to find. For second, from treeline, it looks like this:
|Go straight up this to the knob in the centre, then traverse|