Golden Ears 13/09/08

Andy on Golden Ears:
“Without doubt the views from Golden Ears and its very own Panorama Ridge are unsurpassed in the Lower Mainland. But make no mistake: this trail is hard with an overnight pack. Once above all the nasty stuff on the lower trail (described in Astrid M.’s report from 31 Aug), the trail is beautiful, passing through wonderful mixed old-growth forest on its way to the sub-alpine, although it’s not without several steep, challenging sections. Then you reach the final never-ending ascent to the emergency shelter and the fantastic views. Unbelievably fantastic. We opted to relax for the rest of the day and go for the summit on Sunday. That didn’t quite work out, thanks to a little exposed ledge, and only Maria earned the full 360-degree experience, while Merewyn and I searched unsuccessfully for an alternative approach. Next time… A ghostly pink moonrise, a brilliant sunset, moonlight so bright that headlamps were unnecessary and then the most fabulous of sunrises made for an unforgettable trip.”

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