Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Opal Cone October

At least once every time that they visit I like to really tire out my father in law David. This time we decided to head up to the Elfin Lakes area of Garibaldi Park, the classic alpine access in Squamish. I recently bought and Rocky Mountain Vertex that simply flies uphill, lending this to David quickly evened out any cycling speed advantage and made it a pleasant ride up to Red Heather (about 40 minutes). The temperature overnight had dropped down below freezing at 1400m elevation making the trail a little bit slick so we took a little bit of air out of the Vertex's tubless tires to improve grip - ooops. It turned out that when I was packing my bag, while remembering the ever important summit beers, I forgot to put in my pump. The lower pressure caused a patch inside one of my Maxis Ikons to leak and I was left with VERY low tire pressure for the rest of the day (9PSI!!!) The road up to Red Heather has been recently repaired which should help to make it skiable with another anticipated low snow year on the way. Many of the alpine colours have faded by now but it is still a wonderful time to be up high. Mt Garibaldi had her cloud cap for most of the day so we couldn't quite see everything but wow what an area. Past Elfin lakes the trail has been recently upgraded with a machine and is pretty much a road all the way until just before Opal Cone it is a manageable grade that would be great to bike but for some reason BC Parks has limited Bike access to Elfin. There is an opportunity to create an incredible bike loop that starts at the Diamond Head Trailhead past Elfin lakes to Mamquam Lake and out via new trails that would link to the Mamquam FSR.