A Trio of Lakes and Tricouni Peak

The wheels of Chris’s Jeep Cherokee bucked back and forth with a most ungainly rhythm as we drove up Squamish Valley’s BR 200 logging spur. Our destination, Tricouni Peak, awaited us at the head of High Falls Creek, high on the Squamish-Cheakamus Divide. Chris had visited the mountain several times over the years, without having made an attempt on the summit. I, on the other hand, had only  sized it up from the summit of Cloudburst Mountain the year before. Now it was September of 2008, and we were finally going to give it a go!

High Falls Creek

The road soon became too rough to drive, but by then that didn’t really matter, as we were only about 150 metres from the trailhead. A short stroll sound then brought us to the trail, which enjoys a notorious reputation as one of the muddiest in the province. It truly deserves that descriptor, and if it weren’t for the fact that the two of us kind of enjoy muck and mire, it might even have been annoying! Building about three kilometres of boardwalk on that section of the trail might solve a lot of problems, as considerable erosion has already befallen this beautiful subalpine meadow.

Most notably, Tricouni Meadows also boasts a surprising array of wildflowers. It’s one of the best floral displays I’ve ever seen in the Coast Mountains, and for that reason alone, it’s worth waiting until at least August to plan your visit there.

Though there had been recent rain, the skies were mostly blue as we worked our way up to Kathryn Lake. It’s the first of three lakes you will encounter en route, and the only one with an official name. It is here that the summit of Tricouni reveals itself, albeit from a distance, and spectacular views appear in every direction. Since there was no real reason to rush, we hung out at the lake for a while before resuming the climb.

High Falls Creek begins its journey to the Squamish River in these meadows

 

By this time, however, the weather gods decided they’d had about enough of us, and darkening clouds were soon to change the mood. For the second time in the past several weeks, we were once again on the run from a thunderstorm! We were preparing for the worst but hoping for the best as we dropped off the ridge and recrossed the draw. It took us less than half an hour to get within sight of the upper lake once again.

Climbing back up to the original ridge from the draw

 

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