A good trail leads to the lookout on Raspberry Ridge but because of the snow cover, we used a track log that I downloaded from trailpeak.com to keep on route. Much of the trail was under a few inches of snow. Just below the crest of the ridge we pulled out our ice axes to make our way up the hard snow crust.
Although we encountered wind on the trail both on the ascent and descent, the summit was dead calm. We spent half an hour on the top enjoying the scenery under blue skies before heading back. Instead of retracing our steps, we hiked south along the ridge for a few hundred metres past the point where we had gained the ridge. It was too nice a day not to extend our outing a bit. We found a break in the ridge and then made our way back to the trail on the lower slopes of the mountain. Our outing took little more than five and a half hours.
Heading up the trail
Raspberry Ridge ahead
The trail was easy to follow, even in snow
North End of Plateau Mountain in the background
Mount Burke above me (mouse over for a close-up). Sentinel Peak (sharp point) on the right.
As we climbed higher, the views really opened up
The ridge crest is close now
We kept to the snow-filled trail and ascended the break in the cliff band on the right
Looking south along the ridge
Ascending the weakness in the cliff band
Dinah follows me up the break
There is little snow on the crest of the ridge
We find a TV on the summit and sit down to watch it. "The Microphone and The Grasshopper"
was playing (mouse over).
As we drive home, the sunset creates a pink sky for the moonrise
360° view from the helipad
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