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    Member Since July 2019

    paul lukes

    Seattle, Washington 

    Passionate alpinist, hiker, climber, mountaineer, alpenwanderer since 1970, frequent visitor to many of North America's mountain ranges, including Alaska's Brooks, Alaska, Chugach ranges, Yukon's St. Elias, Tombstone, and Ogilvie mountains, Alberta's Rockies, Washington's Olympics, North and Central Cascades, Wyoming's Tetons and Wind Rivers, California's Sierras, etc.

    Favorite Activities

    backpackingcross country skiinghikingrock climbingsnowshoeingscenic driving

    Recent Activity

    paul lukes reviewed Ptarmigan Traverse

    1 day ago

    paul lukes updated Parker Ridge Trail

    1 day ago

    paul lukes updated Ptarmigan Traverse

    1 day ago

    paul lukes completed Parker Ridge Trail

    2 days ago

    paul lukes reviewed Bow Hut Route

    6 days ago

    First, a correction to the trail description, which rates this trail as "difficult". It is far from difficult, I've done it in 105 minutes when I was 61, so hardly a difficult trail, unless your rating goes up to "excruciating", "devastating"and the like.

    With that out of the way, this is a mighty fine trail indeed, quite scenic, as almost all trails in this general area are, and includes an interesting crossing over a huge boulder lodged across a gorge. It can be easily done as a day trip to the hut and back. This route also offers many opportunities to climb a number of peaks, including Olive, St. Nicholas, Rhondda, etc. It can also serve as an entry point for the Wapta Icefield Traverse, which requires glacier travel expertise. Several other huts occur along the Wapta, including Peyto, Balfour, and Scott Duncan, all require glacier crossings to reach.

    An interesting alternate return route can also be done from the Bow hut by descending the rocky outpost upon which the Bow hut sits along the main trail, then going cross-country toward the moraine NNW. Once at this moraine, ascend to its crest, which can be a bit tricky. The very narrow crest of the moraine is then followed generally N till a descent canoe made to the right, (E), where a beaten path can be picked up to descend the cliffy terrain to rejoin the main trail. This should only be attempted by confident, sure-footed hikers, as the moraine crest is very narrow in places.

    There is also a nice hidden lake a bit down from the hut, up the slopes above the main trail. Good, very refreshing swimming there.

    paul lukes completed Bow Hut Route

    6 days ago

    paul lukes reviewed Tonquin Valley

    7 days ago

    This is an amazing place, one I have visited repeatedly for about 40 years now. Phenomenal sub-hikes up Eremite valley, to amethyst lakes, etc. one major caution, however- avoid visiting here twixt early July-late August, lest you be eaten alive by trillions of mosquitoes. Late September is an amazing time to visit, assuming good weather. Much wildlife occupies this place, including grizzlies, moose, cougars, mountain caribou, wolves, etc. so make noise while hiking to avoid startling a bear mama.

    paul lukes completed Tonquin Valley

    7 days ago

    paul lukes completed Ptarmigan Traverse

    7 days ago

    paul lukes reviewed Mount Stuart

    8 days ago

    paul lukes completed Lillian Ridge Way Trail

    16 days ago

    paul lukes reviewed Lillian Ridge Way Trail

    16 days ago

    Actually, contrary to some of the reviews, there is pretty much a trail along this ridge, though there are two sections where a bit of scrambling is needed. The first occurs shortly after the main grand valley trail is left, and this is a short enjoyable scramble to regain the ridge. At about 2.4 miles from the parking lot, after a bit of scrambling along a rugged ridge, the trail reaches a gully which descends eastward off the ridge. While this gully can be descended, it is in places steep, exposed, loose, and dangerous. Much better to descend off the ridge only about 10 feet and cross above some small trees, look for some cairns I keep having to rebuild. This also leads to a steep descent, but a safer one than the gully. This is the only somewhat tricky spot. One needs to descend about 100 feet to regain the beaten track across the scree slope, which regains the ridge, and then the route leads over the top of moose peak, then one descends about 800 feet, over a small nubbin of a peak, to the low saddle above Gladys lake, from where a trail can be descended to Gladys lake to rejoin the main grand valley trail, which can be followed back. One can also continue south and descend slowly into her Lillian basin and continue to lake Lillian, and even beyond to lost basin, etc, but only experienced backpackers should go beyond the saddle as route finding becomes more difficult and the terrain is in places challenging, though I have built a fair number of cairns all the way to lake Lillian.

    It should be noted that even the Lillian ridge trail to the saddle above Gladys lake is best intended for confident, experienced hikers with some scrambling and route-finding experience, it is not a beginner hike.

    I have done this trip many dozens of times in the 46 years I’ve been doing it, and it is one of the best hikes in the olympics, though of course, those with climbing skills can attain yet better terrain.

    paul lukes reviewed Mount Stuart

    18 days ago

    your trail description is very wrong, in two ways. first, the vast majority of people climb this route from the teanaway, esmeralda parking lot, over longs pass, down into ingalls creek, then up the peak, and this way is only about 10-11 miles round trip.

    second, you say it is best march-april, dead wrong, this is a serious climb that time of year, involves ascending a very steep snowfield near top, requires crampons and ice axe. it is also very difficult to access that time of year, as the teanaway road is typically snowed in till early may.

    it might also be worth noting that several camp spots are very near the summit, and it’s quite nice to spend a night, assuming no lightning storms.

    i’ve done this ascent 10x, so am quite familiar with it.

    paul lukes

    paul lukes completed Mount Stuart

    18 days ago