Ascent of Mount Seton on 2017-08-13

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Sunday, August 13, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Seton
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:9367 ft / 2855 m

Ascent Trip Report

7h30 day hike from Downton Creek with some easy scrambling, marked trail in lower part. 4wd advisable for access currently.

Forest road from E is in reasonable shape but a drainage channel at km 5 was unpleasant in my RAV4 and the steepest parts are a little loose. Good parking at km 9, just W of a major tributary which defines the hiking route. Ford Explorer already there, BC plate.

I leave at 0735, obvious track curving R which soon becomes a marked trail climbing L across nice open felled area, enters mature forest, no longer marked but foot trail easy to follow. Intermittent rain, heavy for a while, stopping later.

Beyond forest, marked trail continues, at length emerging in open area with cliffs ahead and a steep valley heading L. The main trail goes R here, following the main stream. Not realising this I climbed L then R past the cliffs to a small top overlooking Saddlebag Lakes. From here I can see the ascent route described in the old report, following the obvious stream /waterfall directly L of the main summit. I make a descending traverse above the lakes and ascend beside the stream mostly on L which is mostly reasonable rock with a little easy scrambling. Then easy rubbly slopes climb R to summit, highest point being large boulder (N50.62373° W122.25997°) just W of cairn. Summit register dated 28 Aug 2017 has no pen and no entries other than the inaugural one by some Benedictine monks.

Chilly breeze, good view of nearby range but ydays Birkenhead and tomorrow's Whitecap are in cloud. Up in 4h20, 10 mins on top, down in 3h. I descend scree E side of waterfall, somehow missing a guy climbing up, who I guess is the owner of the Discovery and also of the tiny yellow tent/tarp between the lakes. I walk past tent then follow the creek down as it descends, then cross L above a series of falls, descending on its E side, through a series of beautiful flowery areas, (at one point passing a 30m climbing rope hidden in a bush) before crossing back to the W side. Here I see a single cairn, but no other marker until I regain my upward trail from this morning. Descent goes pleasantly until the rain restarts, continuing for a few hours. It's a route that's OK in less than perfect weather, and I was lucky to have good weather for the upper part of the route.

A few hours left for the spectacular drive round via Gold Bridge for Whitecap tomorrow - 13km away but 193km by road!

Seton photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4773 ft / 1454 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4773 ft / 1454 m
    Distance:11.2 mi / 18 km
    Start Trailhead:4594 ft / 1400 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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