Lussier Peak GR:920488
|elevation: 1,888 m.||height gain: 835 m.|
|area: Canal Flats,BC||map 82 J/4|
|This is a winter
route description, other approaches
From highway 93/95, drive south of Canal Flats and find the Whiteswan FSR on the east side. Follow the service road for 6.5 kilometers to Branch H (south side), 918546; park well off the busy road. We hiked the road for 2.2 kilometers leaving it at 920540 to head south, ascending a cutblock. We followed a skid road, due south, then entered some timber before reaching the landing we were aiming for, 921536. From there, we bushwhacked straight up to a highpoint, 922529, before dipping slightly and ascending to the summit plateau. Once at the northern end of the plateau, trek to the southern end where the treed summit is located; a GPS is useful to locate the true summit, 920488.
|Parked on Whiteswan
FSR, we head out on Branch H.
|Leaving the service road for a direct line of ascent.|
|Snowshoe trip: RT 8.75; 4.5 up.
february and march have not seen many weekends, if any, with
stable snowpack; a persistent weak layer continues to plague the
backcountry and people involvements are numerous. We've been avoiding
big terrain altogether, focusing on lesser disregarded objectives. So
far, the puny mountains (Steamboat, Jubilee and Lussier) have been
worthwhile winter outings; I wouldn't really consider them in the
summer and I can't say I would recommend anybody duplicate these
trips... This one proved to
be the toughest; with less than ideal conditions, it required a second
The first time we came, the snow on the road and clearings was firm but the ascent in the trees to the summit plateau was a ridiculous nightmare. We reached the plateau at 2:30 PM, we were gutted! With 4 kilometers remaining to reach the top, we decided to enjoy the sun and come back.
Charles joined us for this second try. We met at the trailhead and quickly got on the way. There was no overnight freeze, we punched in a little more than last weekend; it was especially bad in the clearings before our uptrack in the trees. Once on that track, the ascent was straightforward and relatively pleasant; all the postholing from our previous trip formed a bomber route up to the summit plateau. We reached the plateau almost 2 hours ahead of our first try, feeling fresh for the upcoming trek. The wind was howling and fat flakes started to come down hard. I squinted as I followed and couldn't help feeling that I was trudging on a post-apocalyptic landscape. The denuded plateau with its occasional stand of trees combined with the weather and uniform grey sky sure reinforced that. After skirting a false summit and taking a GPS reading, we dipped down and started climbing the last stretch. The trees were big and nicely spaced, it was snowing even harder but we were kinda sheltered. We joined Charles on the highpoint indicated on his GPS and quickly retreated in the big timber for a break. It wasn't that cold but we were getting damp from the snow, we stayed long enough to grab a bite. When we left, I stood on another highpoint indicated by Fab's GPS, just in case! While returning, the sun tried breaking through on and off. Before entering the forest for the descent, we were lucky to have some sun for another nice break.
|Steep climbing in
|The snowpack is unsupportive but we have our uptrack from last week!|
|On a highpoint, which precedes the last 100 meter jaunt to the plateau.|
|Starting on the plateau.|
|This resembles a post-apocalyptic landscape.|
|Snowshoeing conditions are decent on the plateau.|
|It's snowing hard and it's windy as we skirt a false summit.|
|Heading towards the true summit.|
|Travelling through nicely spaced timber.|
|At the top!|
|Taking a break, sheltered from the wind but not from the snow!|
|Another highpoint 100 meters away.|
|View north over the plateau...|
|Our tracks are getting covered by steady snowfall.|
|Blue sky appears.|
|The sky finally breaks up.|
|This eerie scene returns as we near the northern end of the plateau.|
|Just before our descent, the sun came out!|
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