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Mustang hills
March 17, 2014
10:52 pm
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Yesterday my friend and I hiked up highway 66 to Rainy pass. Then bushwhacked onto the first of the Mustang hills. From there continued on to the second and third peaks. Overcast and snowing so views weren't great. From the top of the third peak we followed the obvious ridge s.e then east towards the elbow river. Steep and icy in places so footing wasn't great. Once in the valley we snowshoed along a small creek which eventually met the elbow river. Much flood damage near the river. Many sections of the hiking trail on the south side were obliterated. On one section at one of the the bends we were forced to traverse a very unstable and dangerous rock slope. We watched volleys of rockfall pouring down it. A large section fell into the river when my friend attempted to cross it. Close call! We got past that and at one point I was on some river ice beside some large boulders on the slope when the ice collapsed under me into a deep pool and the boulders went with it! If my reflexes had been any slower it would have been a watery grave for me! Luckily the boulders created a bridge over the pool and we got across safely! Just past that we had a rest (till the adrenaline wore off!). After that we had a lot of routefinding to make our way back to the highway. All in all an exciting day! Best to give the elbow river a wide berth though. A lot of very dangerous loose rock has been left behind by the flood and the trail following the river around the Mustang hills doesn't exist in many sections.

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March 3, 2016
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If you are describing what I think you are describing, there is a description in the K.C Trail Guide Update (#26 ) that tells you how to bypass that very unstable and dangerous rock slope. A little before you get to the horrible bit (going S-N) there is a very convenient trail climbing diagonally left to right up the slope to the top of the promontory. It’s a little steep at the bottom where it needs some work, but the rest of the trail is good and not steep.On reaching the top it heads right along the promontory, then zigs down the far side on easy open ground to join the old trail beyond the big bend. I think we built a few cairns here and there.

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