Lone Goat Cabin 25/10/08

Chris at the Lone Goat Cabin:
“Gloria, Joss, Lucy and I all piled in Andrew’s Jeep for a trip up to the sledder’s cabin in Lone Goat valley. The Hurley was in decent condition with about 2 inches of snow at the pass. The Lone Goat spur leaves the Hurley immediately after the bridge over the Hurley River and is in rough 2wd shape for a little over 1 km after which high clearance 4wd and a complete disregard for your paint job is required (5 foot alders growing out of the centre strip). Andrew enthusiastically threw his vehicle at pretty much everything. Maps show a main road paralleling the river and a road forking off up Lone Goat valley but in reality, the main road has disappeared and you don’t have to make any turns to go up Lone Goat. We parked at around 4 km before the alders really started to crowd the road. A rough winter rough is marked leaving the road near the pulled bridge near the end of the road. There’s a mix of sporadic flagging (yellow, blue, pink, white, etc) but the route regularly breaks down to a pure bushwhack (including alder, boulder fields, wet meadows and avalanche debris). It took 5 hours up (including a bit of confusion in finding the cabin – we walked past it initially). Patchy snow from about halfway up and continuous near the cabin. The cabin itself is outfitted with a good stove and solar electric lighting and benches for sleeping 4 plus floor space for another 3. No thermometer but I’d guess just below freezing in late afternoon to -8 C in the early morning. In the morning, we climbed a 2400-m peak north of the cabin (Andrew and Joss summitted). We encountered snow drifts of up to 3 feet of powder in places but there was plenty of flowing water even at 2100 m. After lunch, the trip back to the car took only 3hrs (probably because we picked a better line).”

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