Twin Peaks, North Peak
We retraced our descent route from last week. Taking the road marked with the towering cairn, we followed it to a small meadow where we picked up the seismic exploration trail on the right. We lost a few minutes near the start when we went right instead of left at a fork before realizing our mistake.
When we reached the base of the South Peak, Dinah and I stopped for a snack while Sonny headed up the South Peak. After our break, Dinah and I contoured along the lower slope of the South Peak to the col. We hiked up the North Peak, taking our time to allow Sonny to catch up to us.
We regrouped on the summit block of the North Peak. We had to scramble up much of the block but it was easy and enjoyable. The North Peak is much more interesting than its twin.
For Dinah and I to return to Twin Peaks to climb the North Peak seemed anti-climatic, but we still appreciated the views the second time around as well as seeing the South Peak from the North Peak. Given the good approach trail and spectacular scenery, Twin Peaks should be a popular destination.
This road will take us to the seismic exploration trail, seen as a faint dark line near the bottom
of the hill in the centre. The South Peak is on the right.
Behind us the colorful sky of an early start
A cloudy, sunrise-tinted Beehive Mountain
High up on the trail, we hit snow
The way was clear but strewn with tree trunks and logs
Pearly Everlasting flowers keep their looks despite the late season
We broke free of the trees
The South Peak (click for a larger image)
We took advantage of a good trail
On the ascent, we traversed mid-slope to avoid the wind, but on the return we took the crest
Since we had already climbed the South Peak, Dinah and I headed for the North Peak
I waited for Dinah on the col (click for a larger image)
Dinah joins me on the col
Looking back, we saw Sonny on a false summit of the South Peak (mouse over for a close-up)
Dinah heads to the North Peak
Behind, the South Peak and the connecting ridge we followed on the return trip can be seen.
Sugarloaf Lookout (background) always seemed sunlit.
Dinah nears the summit block of the North Peak
Dinah begins to scramble up
Sonny is not far behind (mouse over to back up)
Partway up the summit block
Dinah waited for Sonny and myself near the top
Sonny stands on the enormous cairn near the trailhead
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