Hike to Slalok Mountain

50.369440,-122.498648 - Search Nearby - Added by Josh Fearn

Spectacular view of the coastal mountains, from a challenging and rewarding mountain top.

The hike starts and finishes at the same location as the Joffre lake trail. You'll need to hike to the third lake where where you'll turn off in a SW direction through the valley just before reaching the helipad close to the campground

From there, there'll be a trail all the way to the ridge at the valley where you'll be hiking up a giant mound of rock debris left from the glacier and up to the ridge between Mt Tszil and Mt Taylor.

Heading East the scramble up Mt Tszil is better if kept to the left as its a bit less gnarly, although it gets worse... from there the summit is in view. Start your assent of Mt Slalok any way you seem safest (be careful of lose and sharp rock),at some point just before the summit you reach a part which is pretty much vertical and its easy to lose footing.

Carrying on, be careful again as walking the ridge line meters before the summit can be lethal as one slip could result in a 600 foot drop.

Once arriving at the summit theres plenty of angles for photos and glacier walking if you fancy a cool down. 

Distance

9.9 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1310 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Hiking

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake

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Not A Hike. Write Up is Dangerous Inaccurate

This up Slalok is listed as "difficult". It involves fairly steep and exposed scrambling that requires a fair bit of off trail route finding. It is also plenty steep enough to have a great deal of rockfall. Climbing helmets should be considered essential. You will want to have done a few other scrambles prior to tackling this one. Tszil and Weart are good primers for this. There is also significant avalanche risk on this route in the right conditions. In 2018 a BCMC mountaineering course was nearly hit by a class 3 in the area. Thankfully it was moving slowly and only a few packs were swallowed. The author mentions "glaciers walks to cool down". Well into late summer there are crevasses on all the surrounding glaciers and they will quickly swallow any unprepared individuals up. If you do not have the appropriate crevasse rescue equipment and training avoid going on any major snowfields. To be frank this is write up is negligent and clearly written by people without sufficient experience to make recommendations to others and should be taken removed by the admins.

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