Kinbasket Lake BC
A long winter, followed by a few day rides managed to whet our appetite for a bigger adventure. Months of drooling over maps lead us to the conclusion that we need to ride north of Golden BC.
We decided on staging each day from the Rondo Hotel in town, and making two day trips into the mountians. These mountians are at the backside (west) side of Banff & Jasper National Parks. Needless to say we were expecting some pretty great sceanery.
The Rondo...Ready to ride?
Friday evening, Bejebus joined 650freak, inkblot and myself on the "commute" up to Golden. There are some pictures, but I'll have to post them later...and if you're really good I'll post a movie of a KLR doing a burnout. Yes really.
Bejebus needed to return home due to a new little guy.
The first day we decided to ride to Icefall brook. The morning is cool, but the skies are blue, and it is promising to be an excellent Rocky Mountian morning.
Welcome to Kinbasket Lake
Much to our suprise we found these. Keep in mind we are hundreds of miles from the ocean.
Some other views...
You can see that this area has been logged. The tugs were used to move float or booms of logs down the lake.
Gorgeous !! :thumb
To step back here's a few from the ride up on Friday night.
When you wear your mesh jacket too late into a spring evening in the rockies you will take heat from anywhere, even someone else's KLR
After our first break we continue tp wind our way up the valley past the Bush Arm.
We want to check out the low water crossing, to see if it's fesible to ride some of the logging roads on the other side of the arm.
If you look over the fly screen you can see the road on the other side of the lake, and if you squint you can see the ford under the water. With the limited visiblility and the high gearing on the Dakar I decided not to attempt the crossing. With a quad I might have given it a shot.
We contuine up the valley to find a place for lunch. It was hard to make a choice.
Until we saw this cliff with a road to the top
The road proved to be a little tougher going then we thought
But a short hike gave us this veiw of our day's destination
'freak got comfortable...
And we found our way back down to the main road
This is Inkblot, 650freak and myself at one of the many bridges we cross
That is just beautiful country!:tb
Bears seem to be a recurring theme when I ride with 650freak. This little black just stood there looking at us like his buddy was sneaking up behind us.
We wanted to get as close as possible to Icefall.
eventually the road became impassible. This stuff was as hard as concrete and as slick as a skating rink
which makes for as good as place as any for a break
and some decent views
A close up...it reminded us of something out of Lord of the Rings
I left a little earlier than the others to fill up my camel back at a stream/snow slide that we had to pick our way around on the way up. As I approached it slide from above, I could see a bear drinking from exactly the place I needed to ride. I stopped, and had to decide to either grab my camera, or my bear spray. I chose bear spray. I honked the horn. I revved the engine. I yelled. The bear continued to drink.
Eventually he left. Then the others showed up and we negotiated the snow pack.
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The ride back to Golden was uneventful, but interesting and beautiful.
We had supper at eleven22 in Golden
Just gorgeous!! What a beautiful place to ride!! Thanks for the pics and report :thumb
I guess I missed a few from the ride back to Golden the first day...
Day two started with some pretty seriously overcast skies. It was raining. Rain in spring in the Rockies is not noted for is warmth.
Some clearing operations were need, only to find we were on the wrong road. Doh!
The day finally begins to show some promise of clearing
Hey, lets go thataway!
The goal become the Amiskwi Pass, or as close to it as possible.
The river at this point seems content to occupy the same space as the river. Foiled! Or are we?
Inkblot scouts the ditch as a possible route.
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Stay tuned for the conclusion...
Hey Dwayne. This is probably one of my favorate places in BC! We usually make it up the Kinbasket Lake and Blaeberry River at least twice a year. In that last pic, it looks like you were heading up to the David Thompson Trailhead rather than Amiskwi?. Did you go to the end of Bush Arm to the Columbia Icefields? You can get within 10km of the interpretive center...which is either a heck of a hike over the top (no crampons, so I'm out...) or a five hour drive back around. Here's a pic of our Blaeberry camp from this summer.
Looking forward to more!
We did as far as we could go along the Bush arm. The Waterfalls are at Icefall.
The river "crossing" is on the way up to Amiskwi, but before you turn off the road to the south, so it may be on the way to David Thompson. I think 'freak did get to the trailhead...I don't have the maps in front of me, but will look tonight.
Is this the trail head?
That's it. I had my TJ up there in May and couldn't get past the washout. The Amiskwi trail is actually at the bridge just past Mummery Glacier. Amazing "chalet" up there http://www.amiskwi.com/
I can't recall the name of the road to the Columbia Icefields, but you turn off Bush Arm Road at about 60km or so and head northeast, away from Kinbasket. It's right at the bridge you use when the short cut is under water. The icefields are at road end at 110km or so.
Next time your up the Blaeberry, check out "Trapper Main" road if you haven't already. It's at about 14km (just before Split Creek camp) and takes you up to just shy of 7K feet. Found a funny pic from up there.....that's the owner in the background....
It looks like it's the Bush River Road that takes you to the Columbia Icefields. We followed the Vincinnes (SP?) river to Icefall Brook, and I belive those 3 waterfalls become the headwaters of the brook.
We went as far up Amiskwi as legal, I just need to get the pics posted.
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