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Mt. Habrich

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About Mt. Habrich:

Nice multipitch trad routes in an alpine and subalpine setting in the Squamish backcountry. The rock is dirtier than that on the chief, but offers more face holds and is still pretty good. The mountian setting can't be beat. ********** Two distinct areas are present: the southwest face overlooking Shannon Creek, and the Fluffy Kitten wall on the northeast side of Habrich. Currently (Aug 2005), it is somewhat difficult to reach either face but the Kitten wall is still somewhat easier to get to.
Nearest town or city: Squamish
Directions: FOR THE SOUTHWEST FACE (with Life on Earth): Start up the Mamquam FSR from the Apron Parking Lot. Turn right onto the Stawamus/Indian FSR (currently gated August 2005) and then again right onto the Shannon Creek FSR. The Shannon Creek FSR has recently been cross ditched, so a high clearance 4wd vehicle is very useful. A boulder blockade has been installed approximately 3 km from the turn-off. From this blockade, hike, mountain-bike or dirt bike up the FSR until just before you hit Shannon creek. There is an overgrown road heading off left. Take the overgrown road until you hit a small clearing with a cairn on the left. Follow the flagged trail to the left up to the base of Habrich. ********** FOR THE FLUFFY KITTEN WALL: The current (2005) McLane guide is hopelessly wrong about access. This is the REAL goods: A good trail exists to the base of the Kitten, and it takes a stiff 45 minutes to hike up from the road. The trail crosses the Stawamus River, climbs through a short section of regenerating hemlock forest, then continues steeply up through a gorgeous old-growth stand of red cedar, yellow cedar, and mountain hemlocks to the base of the wall. ********** Turn off of Highway 99 onto the Mamquam Forest Service road at the Apron parking lot and zero your odometer. You will be following a rough but two wheel drive accessible road with a few shallow waterbars and steep sections. This road is much easier on a pick-up, but has been driven many times in a Toyota Corolla. Distances are in kilometers from the highway turnoff. ********** 0.0 Highway turnoff / Apron parking 3.2 First bridge 3.8 Y intersection - keep right 3.9 Y intersection - keep right again, turning onto the Stawamus/Indian Forest Service road (this road goes all the way to Indian Arm). 5.3 Cross an airy bridge over the Stawamus River 5.6 Pass the Shannon Creek road on the right (access to Mt. Habrich summit routes) 6.0 Rough and steep road section. Front-wheel drives may have some trouble. 7.5 Third bridge 10.0 Drive to just before a large washout, about 500 m past a “5 km” sign, and park. ********** Scramble down boulders in the washout to the Stawamus River and look left (east and upstream) to find a rope bridge over the river. Cross this, head up and right on the south side of the river, and follow the flagged trail for 45 minutes of steep hiking to the base of the cliff. At the base of the cliff, the trail turns right and continues for 300 m to end at a large flat ledge (Tigger Ledge) which is the start of “Wonderful Thing about Tiggers”. There is also a rough flagged trail to the summit area which skirts northeast along the left side of the cliff, then climbs very steeply and directly to the top. It is worth bringing some bug repellent to climb here. ********** NOTE: CURRENTLY (AUGUST 2005) THE STAWAMUS/INDIAN IS GATED JUST AFTER THE TURNOFF FROM THE MAMQUAM, APPROXIMATELY 5.5 KM FROM THE KITTEN TRAILHEAD. MOUNTAIN BIKE OR DIRT BIKE RECOMMENDED. ALSO, BE VERY CAREFUL OF USING MCLANE GUIDE FOR ACCESS THE TRAIL DESCRIPTION WILL HAVE YOU MISS THE ROPE BRIDGE AND BUSHWHACK THROUGH THICK DEVIL'S CLUB.
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