We set out along Silverton Creek to see if it was feasible to reach the east end of Helena Ridge (GR787842) on snowshoes. This was an exploratory trip as there wouldn't be enough daylight to cover the entire distance. It was -20° when we started but it would reach -10° later in the day.
After parking at the trailhead for Rockbound Lake, we started up the trail on the left side of Silverton Creek. After reaching Silverton Falls it was evident that the area around Silverton Creek was more convoluted than we expected (no wonder Rockbound Trail swings well left of the creek!). Above the falls, the creek follows a deep valley or canyon. We weren't able to keep close to the creek because we were constantly encountering cliffs and deep ravines. Adding to our difficulties were the poor snow conditions: our snowshoes got little purchase in the soft snow on steep slopes.
There were few breaks in the trees and even then there was little to see because of overcast skies. When it became apparent that the left side of the creek wouldn't work as an approach we turned around and headed back. We'll return another day but next time we'll see if we can fair better by following the right side of the creek.
Silverton Falls (bottom)
The falls partway up
There were few breaks in the trees
The poor snow conditions were of little help on the rugged terrain.
On my left is a vertical drop of dozens of metres down to Silverton Creek
Copper Mountain on the left
Higher up, we hit larger open areas
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