So we were out yesterday on the one fine day between rainy days looking to find a bypass to the flood damaged Salter Creek section. The sight of a river running down Salter Creek made us even more determined to find a better route.
The bypass starts just before the north bank trail of Plateau Creek reaches Salter Creek. Look for a flurry of flagging on the left just after the drift fence. (The north bank trail isn’t in wonderful condition and at some time in the future I forsee another reroute that avoids the creek bed and stays away from the eroding bank edge.)
The route up the ridge north of Salter Creek falls into two equal parts separated by a good traversing game trail. All of it is flagged. The lower part is steeper and there is still lots of ground-level deadfall to be removed by those wanting to help out. This section may also want tweaking. Although it works fine on the descent, the odd zig may be appreciated by people walking up it.
Above the game trail we cleared a route all the way to the Mt. Burke trail. Initially you follow an open stony bench above an exceedingly tiny rock band, then move left and up through an area of matchstick pines where we removed the deadfall and scuffed the trail. The junction at 741730 (NAD83) is marked with flagged trees.
We were quite happy with the route — the clearing certainly went faster than anticipated. Only 250 m of trail to go!