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Minaret Lake to Cecile Lake: How Tough/Dangerous?

Postby Eigenguy » Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:32 pm

Now that I have hiked to Ediza Lake, I'd like to hike to Minaret Lake. I'd really like to get to Cecile Lake and then take a picture of Iceberg Lake from above (because it looks very steep between Cecile and Iceberg).

I've hard varying opinions on the difficulty of getting to Cecile from Minaret, from easy to don't do it. I am a hiker, not a mountain/rock climber and do not have climbing gear (just trekking poles).

What are your thoughts? Does this spur require climbing or gear? I've done some mild rock climbing out of necessity (got stuck at the far end of TJ Lake and climbed to the ridge above), but nothing formal.



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Re: Minaret Lake to Cecile Lake: How Tough/Dangerous?

Postby AlmostThere » Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:09 pm

You can see the trail from Iceberg to Cecile on Google Earth.
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Re: Minaret Lake to Cecile Lake: How Tough/Dangerous?

Postby Eigenguy » Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:55 pm

I am asking about Minaret -> Cecile.

Satellite view makes it look like there is a way to Cecile by hiking along Minaret Creek without bouldering.
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Re: Minaret Lake to Cecile Lake: How Tough/Dangerous?

Postby tie » Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:07 pm

Here's my satellite track from the other day: https://www.strava.com/activities/668508321 . You can zoom in to Minaret Creek -> Cecile.

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There is a trail and it is fairly easy to follow. It is steep, but not as steep as the trail from Iceberg to Cecile. It is not dangerous at all---no exposure, no climbing moves, just a moderately steep trail.

Note that the trail goes up north of Minaret Creek, wrapping around a small rise next to Cecile. (From my GPS track it looks like I went off the trail at the very top, but at that point it doesn't matter.) I think it is also possible to go closer to Minaret Creek, but I would follow the trail if I were you.
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Re: Minaret Lake to Cecile Lake: How Tough/Dangerous?

Postby Beantown » Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:58 am

tie wrote:Here's my satellite track from the other day: https://www.strava.com/activities/668508321 . You can zoom in to Minaret Creek -> Cecile.

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There is a trail and it is fairly easy to follow. It is steep, but not as steep as the trail from Iceberg to Cecile. It is not dangerous at all---no exposure, no climbing moves, just a moderately steep trail.

Note that the trail goes up north of Minaret Creek, wrapping around a small rise next to Cecile. (From my GPS track it looks like I went off the trail at the very top, but at that point it doesn't matter.) I think it is also possible to go closer to Minaret Creek, but I would follow the trail if I were you.


I hiked it last year and followed roughly the red line, between minaret and cecil there was not a trail i recall. between the 2 bumps/hills I went over class 3 moves. going down from cecil to iceberg is class 2, and there is a steep rocky loose chute you can descend.
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Re: Minaret Lake to Cecile Lake: How Tough/Dangerous?

Postby maverick » Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:11 am

I hiked it last year and followed roughly the red line, between minaret and cecil there was not a trail i recall. between the 2 bumps/hills I went over class 3 moves.


You missed the use trail then, there are no class 3 moves, somewhat steep and loose in places but no big deal. Did this section 4 times last year, Ediza to Minaret, during the search for evidence in the Matt Greene case.
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Re: Minaret Lake to Cecile Lake: How Tough/Dangerous?

Postby Beantown » Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:24 am

maverick wrote:
I hiked it last year and followed roughly the red line, between minaret and cecil there was not a trail i recall. between the 2 bumps/hills I went over class 3 moves.


You missed the use trail then, there are no class 3 moves, somewhat steep and loose in places but no big deal. Did this section 4 times last year, Ediza to Minarets, during the search for evidence in the Matt Greene case.


yeah i was defiantly not on a use trail, not did i know about it lol. i remember scrambling up some slabs and going up through a choke point.
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Re: Minaret Lake to Cecile Lake: How Tough/Dangerous?

Postby Eigenguy » Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:41 am

tie wrote:Here's my satellite track from the other day: https://www.strava.com/activities/668508321 . You can zoom in to Minaret Creek -> Cecile.

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There is a trail and it is fairly easy to follow. It is steep, but not as steep as the trail from Iceberg to Cecile. It is not dangerous at all---no exposure, no climbing moves, just a moderately steep trail.

Note that the trail goes up north of Minaret Creek, wrapping around a small rise next to Cecile. (From my GPS track it looks like I went off the trail at the very top, but at that point it doesn't matter.) I think it is also possible to go closer to Minaret Creek, but I would follow the trail if I were you.


Awesome! Thanks! This helps a ton. I am not nearly as worried now.

There is a Class III notch described by Roper apparently, but it seems nobody takes that route.
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Re: Minaret Lake to Cecile Lake: How Tough/Dangerous?

Postby maverick » Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:10 pm

There is a Class III notch described by Roper apparently, but it seems nobody takes that route.


There are a couple of routes, one requires a few class 5 moves, but the described use trail is the easiest, just don't miss the spur trail to the north (to your right) as the trail turns west and heads up a little ways, if you arrive at the cliffs you have gone way to far.
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Re: Minaret Lake to Cecile Lake: How Tough/Dangerous?

Postby Vaca Russ » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:38 am

maverick wrote: Did this section 4 times last year, Ediza to Minaret, during the search for evidence in the Matt Greene case.


Here are pictures of one of those hikes:

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This is the most demanding portion of the hike:

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That is Maverick, Oleander and Jimr.

This is Maverick, Jim R and Oleander.

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I am, of course, hiking in back. :)

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I hope this helps.

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Re: Minaret Lake to Cecile Lake: How Tough/Dangerous?

Postby Jimr » Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:07 pm

I think that's Jeremy. I believe I missed that little adventure due to my knee.
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Re: Minaret Lake to Cecile Lake: How Tough/Dangerous?

Postby Vaca Russ » Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:22 pm

Jimr wrote:I think that's Jeremy. I believe I missed that little adventure due to my knee.


Jim,

Thanks for refreshing my memory. Too bad you missed that hike. We got POURED on during the return to Ediza!

My very expensive rain jacket worked great! Unfortunately I absentmindedly left my camera in my backpack hip strap pocket. I was draining a steady stream of water out of this camera. Needless to say I bought a new camera.

It was snowing at just a slightly higher elevation. It looks like you didn't miss anything. I mean you missed all of the fun! :nod:

Thanks for being on the ball!

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