BCP513 Volcano Peak
My dad (TiE) and I arrived at the trailhead at around 9:00. We were eager to get this one under our belt after bailing on it 2 years back due to a trail closure. This is one of the hardest hike I have done in a long while and it was pretty satisfying to reach the summit.
The first part of this hike along the Evan-Thomas trail was pretty easy. It was impressive seeing the damage of the 2013 floods. One section of the trail was completely eroded away resulting in a 20m cliff. We could see where the trail continues on top of a small cliff up ahead. Luckily there was an alternate trail that detoured around the erosion.
We broke off the Evan-Thomas trail and traveled up some drainage for a bit. We got caught up on a trail heading away from the drainage a few times but we always quickly found our way back. We broke off right up a short steep section of bushwack before we reached the cutblock.
I knew going into this hike we would encounter some heavy bushwack but this was one of the toughest bushwacks I have yet to encounter. Immediately after the cut block the incline quickly steepened and the trees in forest had many tendrils of terror in every which direction. This made the moving slow but it was extremely satisfying to reach the talus slope and put the trees behind us. We couldn't see the summit yet at this point. Dads experience hiking really showed on the talus as I couldn't keep up with him going up or down it. We came across the odd deep patch of snow. We were able to walk on top of it for the most part but would sink down to our hips the odd time we were not careful.
After we conquered the talus slopes we took in a few moments to take in the view and then made a final push towards the top of the "cindercone". We soaked in some more beautiful views from the top and then quickly found the cache and brass cap on the top before eating our lunch. It was a pretty tough trek getting to the summits but the views were well worth it. We picked a pretty good day for this climb as the weather was really beautiful.
Coming down the talus and bushwack was much easier than on the way up. Overall a fantastic hike!