We packed up the kids and headed to the Valemount area. After a long day of driving, we arrived at Kinbasket Lake and found a fantastic lakeside, remote campsite to spend the night.
The following morning, we packed up and headed over to nearby Canoe Mountain where the climb was steep and rocky with many tight switchbacks. The views were fantastic, however the last 100 meters were in dense cloud, which made for a creepy adventure exploring the old communications tower up top.
After returning to the highway at the base of Canoe Mountain, we had lunch and decided to run up Mica Mountain.
I had a good idea where to access Mica Mountain from McLennan Road and after backtracking a few times in the maze of logging roads, we finally found the trail up. This trail was a blast... tight quarters, trees, rocks, mud pits and awesome 55+ degree climbs. The views of McLennan Glacier to the south west were fantastic, and the Rockies to the East were spectacular. The final 200m of trail goes up a 70+ degree incline on soft dirt, so I called it and we walked up instead.
On the return trip, we camped at the beautiful Mud Lake, near Blue River. The following morning we had planned to visit Tum Tum Lake (and surrounding area), but my clutch hydraulics went and I was stuck in 6th gear to Kamloops, where I had a dealership replace the clutch master cylinder to get us home.
Two very different mountain climbs in the span of 10 hours.
Great trip. Would do again ;-)