The best scramble and summit combo I’ve done since arriving in Canada. Absolutely fantastic day trip from Vancouver and highly recommend it. And with numerous locations to camp along with a number of other peaks to get up from the same point, this is definitely worth an overnight stay or two.
The trailhead is located about 45mins past Squamish – take the the Squamish River Valley FSR to just past the powerstation and trail for High-Creek Falls before turning onto Branch 200 up into the mountains. You’ll need a pretty capable 4×4 to make it to the car park at the trail head, but I’ve hear a rumours of some subarus being seen up there.
From the carpark, the very overgrown and incredibly muddy trail (wear gaiters!) follows the creek for about 2.5km.
After about 1.5 hours following the trail along the creek and meadows you finally arrive at the first lake and get your first good views of Tricouni peak. This first lake has a island in the middle, which I need to come back and get to with an SSGoodTimes.
A short hike for another 10 minutes and you arrive at the second lake, which has more camping options.
From this second lake we jumped over the creek and circled around the left hand side of the lake, making our way towards the waterfall.
Once around the lake you get a much better view of the waterfall.
Once at the waterfall, scramble up the right hand side towards the trees, where you’ll find a couple of little warn out trails through the bushes and up to the third lake. Watch out for loose rock.
The water flowing off the mountain and through the lakes is the cleanest I’ve ever seen. We brought a good few litres home without any sterilizing and it was absolutely beautiful. A great spot to fill the water bottles before the ascent really begins!
A little way past the top of the big waterfall and once you’ve taken on a lot of fresh water, you arrive at the shores of the final and third lake to gaze upon Tricouni and get familar with the route up.
The very pointy peak of Tricouni makes it easily recognizable. We circled around the left hand side of the lake before scrambling up the bolder feel along the edge of the greenery (basically keeping left). Definitely take a moment to pause and look back down at the third lake…
A short while after scrambling up the bolder field you’ll reach a ridge which is the opening to a large gully that leads north (left) slightly away from the peak. Not an obvious route, but it avoids the somewhat impassible cliff directly ahead.
We followed this gully for until there was a clear break in the cliff to the right hand side that gave us an opportunity to turn right (west) and scramble up into the zone that sits between the cliff to our right and the upper snow-capped areas. Once up and into this zone, you can get a much clearer view of the next stretch of the scramble (in the below photo, Tricouni peak is tucked in at the back, almost hidden from sight).
From this point we headed over the rocks and snow to the right of the above picture, where we reach the crux and most technical section of the scramble.
The crux itself is fairly short and only moderately exposed, which makes for a fun little technical section.
Once, over this crux you follow a ridge only a short distance…
At the end of the ridge, you have the final bolder and snow field.
Tricouni now clearly in view. Take the snow or the bolder field on the left of the picture to the point at which the snow is closest to the summit ridge (right of picture). Another little crux here (somewhat loose so go careful), will take you up onto the final section of the ascent.
Once on the ridge, the views are breathtaking – providing amazing 180degree views of the surrounding area. The summit, just a short scramble further up the ridge.
This ridge is super fun, super stable and the view just keep getting better.
After a million photos from the summit it was time to head back down which meant a little shoe-skiing on the soft snow covered bolder field…