BCP513 Volcano Peak
Posted: N50° 53.189 W115° 04.460
GPSr: N50° 53.189 W115° 04.461
With only 1 find since this cap was posted in 2010, It was about time that it was logged again. My son, 2sloths, and I have been planning to do this hike for a couple of years. We were all set to try it back in 2013 only to be halted due to the trail closure after the floods. Today we decided that conditions were perfect to make an attempt. We had scoped out several routes from SH, Spirko and soistheman that departed the Old Baldy Tr at various locations and elected to follow SH's route. The route started out along the well maintained Evan Thomas Tr. At one point the trail had a 100m swath cut out of it from the floods that has been circumvented with a new bypass trail. Wow! From there we hit the Old Baldy Trail that was conveniently marked with gated cairns after almost heading up an incorrect trail about 50m beforehand. The Old Baldy Tr was difficult to follow in places due to flood damage, but as long as we followed the creek, we knew we were OK. The real hike started as we crossed the creek at SH's waypoint. A short steep bushwhack led us to a cut block that was also the edge of a prescribed burn. Then we encountered the nasty bushwhack. I've heard people complain about bushwhacking, but it has never really bothered me. I've heard people complain about steep uphill sections, but they have never really bothered me. Now after a nasty bushwhack up a very steep uphill section and I have finally found what bothers me. Man... that was a battle and I have scars on my arms to prove it. Once we got past the forest, we hit the talus slope. It started very steep and loose but then was pretty typical once things leveled off a bit. As we neared the summit we got squeezed to the left by a snow filled forest and had to cross a 50m stretch of snow covered talus. Walking on the crust worked well until my poles broke through and went into the handles. Then I broke through to my waist. This happened on and off until we got across the short section. It was pretty funny to watch 2sloths cross. It was here that we finally got to see the cone shape peak of Volcano Peak. As we crested the top, the first this we spotted was the brass cap, clearly visible and cemented on the top of a large boulder. The views up here were fantastic and appeared over 360 degrees. We had lunch and spent a good half hour taking in the views. Simply a great cap location. The trip back was rather quick uneventful except for a tick extraction. I've not seen a tick in 7 years of hiking and have now got them 2 hikes in a row. Weird. The bushwhack was much easier going downhill as the bushes pointed downhill and we plowed over them. We were soon back at the car exactly 7 hours after we left covering 12.9km ans 1037m in elevation gain. A great father/son bonding expedition. We are already planning the next cap outing to visit Fisher Ridge Cap among others. Thanks again OFTH for another awesome cap location!