July Mountain


elevation: 2,124 m.
height gain: 630 m.
area: Coquihalla Summit,BC
map 92 H/11
2021-Jul-04


Ref: Steven's Peak-Bagging Journey

start of trail


The start of the trail follows an old road.
Hike: RT 5.0; 3.0 up. July Mountain is a delightful outing with fabulous views. It grants a good trail and a lovely lake in the sub-alpine, cradled by numerous snow slopes. Additionally, there are a couple of tarns on the ascent ridge. This objective appeared to be a good choice for the month of July. We decided to stay the night at the lake to spend some time by the water during this warm weather. The only thing we didn't expect was the incredible hoard of mosquitoes. We reached the lake in the late afternoon, just in time for the sunset. We had to wear our hoodies despite the warm temperature to protect ourselves from the mosquitoes. Following a quick swim and dinner, we retired to our tents for respite from the pesky pests. The next day, we packed our gear before climbing the mountain. We practiced using the alpine axe on the snow slopes as we ascended to the summit ridge. Travel on the broad ridge is pleasantly easy. After cooling off by one of the snowbound tarns, we carried on to the summit. We stayed atop the mountain for a while to enjoy the view and some snacks; then, we casually backtracked to our packs. Following a quick dip in the lake, we resumed our descent. The mosquitoes didn't seem as bad on the way down, maybe because we were travelling faster. We hung out the rest of the day by the river; that was a great way to wrap up a nice summer weekend.





boulder field

The path skirts a boulder field.

objective into view

Higher up, the objective comes into view.

drum lake


The far side of Drum Lake is still in the sun.


shallow clear water


The shallow clear water is irresistable but quite cold.


enjoying the sunset


Enjoying the sunset on a mound above the lake.


our camp


Setting up camp and eating with our hoodies, there's hoards of mosquitoes.


ready to climb


The next morning, we're ready for a jaunt up July Mountain.


climbing a slow slope


Climbing a snow slope to the summit ridge.


using the alpine axe


Learning how to use an alpine axe.


summit ridge


Gaining the summit ridge.


pleasant hiking


Pleasant hiking on the broad ridge.


snowbound tarn


A lovely snowbound tarn precedes the summit.


throwing rocks


Trying to break the edge of the ice with rocks.


summit ahead


From the tarn, it's a short distance to the summit.


summit cairn


Summit cairn.


looking north


Looking north with Drum Lake below.


view south


View south.


south-western view


South-western view.


juliet peak


Juliet Peak dominates the west-north-western view.


anderson river group


The Anderson River Group beyond the ascent ridge.


heading down


Heading down.


practicing self-arresting


Practicing self-arresting.


back at the lake


Back at the lake.


resuming our descent


Resuming our descent to the trailhead.


nearing the old road


Nearing the old road.
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