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Survey Peak

Difficulty: 
Moderate Snowshoeing
Elevation [m]: 
2670
Round Trip Distance [km]: 
22.5
Ascent Time: 
7:15
Bushwhackyness: 
Lots Of Bush Dense In Places
Tripdate: 
Saturday, January 7, 2012

Anthony and I wanted to get some fresh air and hopefully decent views (if the weather was willing). Survey Peak is a fairly easily recognizable mountain just north of the Saskatchewan River crossing and apparently has a fairly respectable trail during the summer months. Our trek started around 4am to maximize light when out of the trees (and get us back to the city quick). Its unclear when to start branching off from the trail but we started off into the dark forest about 20 minutes after reaching the observation point. After a solid 3-4 hours in the trees we finally made it out onto the windy ridge and had intermittent visuals of the summit. Another hour and a bit and we were on the summit but being assaulted by fiercely chilly winds and swiftly headed back down into the protection of the trees. Be prepared for quite a tiring day if trying this in winter (especially with only two people to break trail).

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