Beacon Mountain

December 29, 2015

1909m

Lizzie Creek / Lillooet Lake Road, BC

After summitting the nearby Haven Peak early in the morning on the 5th day of our Christmas – New Year ski trip, Alan, Alex, Ben and myself continued northwards along the ridgeline towards Beacon Mountain. There’s nothing magic about this summit as it’s just a forested bump, but I don’t think it’s often ascended on the other hand.

Haven Peak to Beacon Mountain ski route from Lizzie Creek Cabin

Haven Peak to Beacon Mountain ski route from Lizzie Creek Cabin. GPX DL

The ridge started out easily as we traversed up and over another subsidiary summit but then it narrowed down to within a couple meters. The grade also got a little bit steeper, but again, it’s still a forested ridge so nothing tricky. Soon we got down to Haven/Beacon col.

Leaving the summit of Haven Peak and down along the ridge

Leaving the summit of Haven Peak and down along the ridge

Beacon Mountain is the forested summit in foreground

Beacon Mountain is the forested summit in foreground

Down to Haven/Beacon col now

Down to Haven/Beacon col now

The ascent of Beacon Mountain from the col was a mere plod with some very minor bushwhacking at places. It did feel a bit foreshortened though. The views from the summit was surprisingly good thank to the excellent weather but we didn’t linger any longer than necessary before plodding back.

Alex breaking trail up the peak

Alex breaking trail up the peak

Almost there. It's very easy...

Almost there. It’s very easy…

Ben approaching the summit

Ben approaching the summit

Summit Panorama from Beacon Mountain. Click to view large size.

Summit Panorama from Beacon Mountain. Click to view large size.

Prior Peaks

Prior Peaks

The Joffre Group - Slalok, Spetch, Hartzell, Matier, Howard

The Joffre Group – Slalok, Spetch, Hartzell, Matier, Howard

The Place Glacier Group

The Place Glacier Group

Lizzie Peak

Lizzie Peak

Gunsight Peak, Mt. James Turner and Wedge Mountain way in the distance

Gunsight Peak, Mt. James Turner and Wedge Mountain way in the distance

Salamander Mountain

Salamander Mountain

Cloudraker Mountain

Cloudraker Mountain

Mt. Weart pokes from behind

Mt. Weart pokes from behind

There might be other options to get down this peak, but we opted to go back along the ridge to Haven Peak as the terrain was more open back there. From Haven Peak I followed the other guys down the steep east face and there’s one section with bit of exposure to a small cliff and very steep. I did a few kick-turns and some long side-slipping to safely descend that part, and once dropping into a broad bowl the rest of the skiing became easy and fun.

Back to Haven/Beacon col, ready to re-ascend back up Haven Peak

Back to Haven/Beacon col, ready to re-ascend back up Haven Peak

Almost back to the summit of Haven Peak

Almost back to the summit of Haven Peak

A view of the properly named Long Peak

A view of the properly named Long Peak

The N. Face of Shields Peak

The N. Face of Shields Peak

Time to ski down

Time to ski down

Me skiing down the E. Face. Photo by Alex

Me skiing down the E. Face. Photo by Alex

A review shot of what we just ski'd

A review shot of what we just ski’d

Once we got back to Haven Lake we put skins back on, ascended steeply up to Tarn/Shields pass and then the next 1.5 hours or so was a boring plod back along the undulating ridge, across Long Lake and then down to the cabin. We briefly thought about doing another run on the north face of Long Peak but considering the big plan for the next day we had to take some break.

Steep ascent back to Tarn/Shields pass

Steep ascent back to Tarn/Shields pass

Looking ahead to the broad and undulating ridge traverse

Looking ahead to the broad and undulating ridge traverse

At Tarn/Shields pass, looking back towards Beacon Mountain

At Tarn/Shields pass, looking back towards Beacon Mountain

Ben plodding back along our skin tracks

Ben plodding back along our skin tracks

Another look at the pass

Another look at the pass

Following our skin tracks back

Following our skin tracks back

Gorgeous country!!

Gorgeous country!!

Down to Sapphire Lake

Down to Sapphire Lake

Slogging back across Long Lake

Slogging back across Long Lake

Back to the cabin it’s only 1:30 pm so we had lots of time to kill, but as usual for cabin trips there’s plenty of stuff that had to be done. We came to sleep early and set the alarm to 4 am. And then the next day we’d do Famine Mountain, Hanging Mist Peak all the way to Cloudraker Mountain traverse.

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