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Joffre Peak via Cerise Creek Summer Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Currie, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

Length 9.5 mi Elevation gain 5,009 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Rock climbing Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bridge out Rocky Scramble Snow Off trail
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This route requires at least one person to have mountaineering experience as there is considerable glacier risk, rockfall, and weather hazards that require more than common sense to avoid. Do not attempt this route without a helmet, ice axe, crampons and the skills to use them. As the hardest route in the ever popular Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia, Joffree Peak is one of the Coasts most enjoyable scrambles. With descent rock, and some tricky routefinding it's an excellent alpine day out.  From the trail head on the Duffey Lake Road you follow the well marked summer trail up the Cerise creek. The trail heads south after the bridge working up onto the lower flanks of Joffree, onto a logging road. Eventually the road forks, with the main trail following the right fork uphill. The logging road ends, diving back into the foods on heavily rooted but well maintained trail. The trail takes a little time to ascending, getting particularily steep through a Talus field shortly before you arrive at Keiths Hut. From here you can spend the night, or continue up the ridge to lookers right of the hut. The trail begins in the South West corner of the meadow. Up the ridge it gains to a large lump called Motel 66. This popular camping spots has beautiful views, but be sure to bring bog bags as there are no toilet facilities, and traffic increases are placing stresses on the environment and creating bear attractants.  The route proper begins here crossing down over talus fields, trending towards a big snow field. Many parties choose to do this route early in the day to avoid late rockfall, and take advantage of stiffer snow conditions that make travel easier. Above this snow field there is a big shelf right on the edge of the glacier that affords good views of the valley and the route. A ridge ramps up to a steep face that can be traversed and ascended to a slope beneath a big snowfield that remains well into the late season. From here you edge up against the snowfield to a wide ramp that isn't reall visible until you are beside it. The ramp ends abruptly att he ridge, and scrambling up an arete, followed by one exposed traverse move put you onto wide open talus fields, this raps around the false peak into a silt filled gulley. Awkward loose steps make for the least pleasant terrain of the day, but you're there on the summit.  The descent offers few suprises, and goes quickly, though it can really pound the knees. Moving quickly is advisable as some areas are prone to rockfall. 

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Frank Dragojevich
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This is NOT a hike! It is a climb and a terrific one at that for those who have proper equipment, experience and partners. Do not attempt if you are not a climber.

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Laura B
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To anyone who has done this hike: My boyfriend and I are hoping to do some good backcountry hiking/scrambling this fall. I have some glacier experience, he has none, so not intending to do any glacier traverse, but wondering if it would be a reasonable idea to hike out to Motel 66 to stay for the night, then do Vantage peak the next day. Is the section of the trail just out to Motel 66 already very technical? How steep and snow-covered should we prepare for. We'd be there in late October, soooo...crampons, pickaxe? Tent pads at Motel 66 or no? Thanks!

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Michael James
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intense, steep yet rewarding

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Michael James
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after Keith's hut the incline is insane, crampons, harness and helmet are a must

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Jooseok Roh
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