Beth Lake

This was supposed to be a two-fold trip. I had found the roaming camera hidden near the cairn on
Elk Mountain by Chilliwack and was gong to hide it some where by Beth Lake.
This was a Clubtread game started by Tim from Chilliwack and Lynn had found it on Vedder Mountain
and hid it on Elk. I was also hoping to continue past Beth Lake and summit Capilano Mountain which
is on the same route.

I drove north on the Squamish Highway, now called the Sea to Sky Highway to the Furry Creek Golf
Course exit and followed the exit road to it's northern most end where it turned into a logging road.
This road has a gate on it and may be locked at times so be aware that if you drive up it and come back
it may be locked.

Furry Creek runs basically east to west and you have to cross over to it's south side so watch for
any branches in the road going right. I am not sure if I remember this correctly but I think the right branch
forks again and both branches have a bridge to cross over the creek.
You have to take the higher branch so if there is another fork in the road take the left one.

When you cross over the bridge the road follows the creek.
I was able to drive almost to where this small tree is trying to survive off this stump well growing
on a large boulder. Then I hiked up the road to Beth Creek where the trail head to Beth Lake starts
on the other side of it. It was not very far from where I parked.

I started up the trail and it was not long before I hit snow.
This was late Winter starting into Spring and the snow was just starting to melt during the nicer days.
I lost the trail and tried to follow the creek but it was getting very steep and the snow was getting chunky
and braking apart on the steep hillside. I had been close to an hour hiking by now and knew the lake should
be some where near so I headed south east away from the creek looking for some openings in the forest
that might be the lake. I decided I was to far left of the creek and lake and might be starting up a ridge
on the east side of the lake so headed back south west and spotted these neat snow cones on a tree.

I angled my way slightly up along the side of the ridge hoping to gain some elevation to see what
was around. Then I saw what I thought was Capilano Mountain but still no lake so I decided to head over
the treed ridge in the distance.
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I got through the trees and there was the lake below me. I went into the open hill side
to take this picture.

I noticed I was in a small snow slide area so decided I better get back to the trees.

As I headed down through the trees they thinned out the closer I got
to the lake and I could see the mouth of the creek.
The snow and ice had melted from the creek mouth.

Then I spotted the perfect place to hide the roaming camera.
I put a couple of ribbons near it so the next Clubtreader could find it and that was one objective done.

Then I took some pics of the scenery around and the cornice and grove between the two peaks.
Later I found out that these peaks are called the Ramparts and are not Capilano Mountain.

Then some pics of the open water and ice at the mouth of the creek.
It was amazing how clear the water was.

A few pan pictues along the lake shore.

Now I wanted to see if I could fulfill my second objective which was to summit Capilano Mountain.
I found the trail markers leading across the creek.
You have to open the full view picture size to see the one on the other side of the creek.
Those chunks of snow were at least five feet high and the snow bank on the other side was even higher
so I decided not to cross there and get wet but decided to look down stream for a snow bridge or easier crossing instead.

Nothing down the creek appeared to be appealing so I decided to call it the day and head back.
Besides I lost the trail coming up so it may be hard to follow it down.
The day was still early but if I went for the peak it could turn out to be a long late day, possibly
until after dark before I got back down. The trail and mountain would still be there for another time.

Nice almost perfect snow wells around the bottom of most of the trees.

Fallen debri sitting above the melting snow.

Some panos of the ridges and Ramparts above the lake and a pano of Beth Lake.

Map of trail to Beth and Gordon Lakes.

It was a nice trip and great looking country around in there to explore.
At one point coming down again I lost the trail in the deep snow.
It was not far down from there and the snow was gone and I was able to pick up
the trail again. It only took about half an hour to get to the road from the lake.

Another place I look forward to going back to in the future.