Cloudburst Mountain is a 7.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cheakamus 11, British Columbia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and downhill skiing and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 7.7 km Elevation Gain: 802 m Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

skiing

forest

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

off trail

no shade

Day hike from the north side. Recent timber harvesting has improved access. Summit is only 3.5 km and 870 elevation from trailhead. Although normally a ski touring objective from the south side, Cloudburst is now an attractive spring walking objective, suitable for advanced hikers with crampons and ice axe. There is effectively no trail; so skilled route finding with compass and topo map is essential. Also, it is necessary to interpret micro terrain to avoid many hazards. You will need a 4wd vehicle, due to many small water bars and loose rock on the steeper road pitches. Navigating the labyrinth of logging roads is also challenging. Start at 200 road off Squamish Valley Road. This is the same haul road that leads to Tricouni Peak/trail. There may be downed trees leading up to the trailhead along the switchback road. You can park along the way and walk up to the trailhead. Bushwacking will be involved in the beginning of the trail. This takes one to the main creek which is open above the tree line. When descending there is a trail leading to the cabin from the logging road. So take the trail to the cabin, that starts about 100m before the end of the logging road. Start is marked with a small cairn and some flagging. Above, and just before the cabin, the route through the bush is well marked with pink flagging. It mostly follows a steep drainage rivulet until it reaches the main creek. Cloudburst is not normally high rated due to difficult navigation and many cliffs. The trick is to follow this recorded route, which avoids the hazards and considerably shortens the distance. Do not attempt without good visibility. There are several misleading benches that lead to technical terrain. The crux is a large moat or ice filled pocket lake, which is surrounded by rock or snow slopes that lead directly into it. So, unless you bring life jackets, you need to be certain of your footing and be ready to self arrest with an ice axe. Basically, although it looks beautiful and benign, don’t fall. Above the moat, the right side of the snowfield is the best route - too steep for just runners or boots. There is another triangular small snowfield above that takes you to a shoulder. Take a 90 degree left turn to ascend up to the start of the summit ridge. Thence, southerly again along the summit ridge. Stay well back from the corniced precipice as you gain the summit; where there are two dome antennas and a helipad. Spring is best, due to extensive snowfields. Summer could have soft snow and more scrambling over irregular rock.

hiking
3 months ago

the one thing. the only thing that is written on the cabin is not to post its location on the internet....

hiking
3 months ago

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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