Ben Lomond and Red Mountain

Date: Sept. 18, 2018

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Ben Lomond, seen from Red Mountain. The standard route more or less follows the right skyline.

Despite its meagre height, Ben Lomond is one of the most striking peaks near Squamish. Unfortunately, with the Furry Creek FSR gated at the highway, access is somewhat inconvenient at present.

My solution was to ride my mountain bike the 11km (with 700m of elevation gain) up the logging road which, not being much of cyclist, was somewhat exhausting even though I was going as slowly as possible.

When I had last travelled the Mountain Lakes trail a few years prior it had become quite overgrown, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that the BCMC had recently brushed out the worst section near the bottom.

I followed the trail all the way to Wind Lake and then branched off right to the top of Ben More (which I had visited previously in 2014). The route down to the col with Ben Lomond was not too difficult to follow and the ascent via the standard North Ridge was straightforward with a short detour out left around a steep step. Although the peak looks like an impressive horn from most directions, the ascent was barely more than a steep hike.

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Red Mountain on the right in the foreground. The Sky Pilot group is in the background with Mt. Sheer blending in just in front.

From the summit of Ben Lomond, I retraced my steps down the ridge and dropped into the talus-filled bowl to connect with the col with Red Mountain. Hiking up towards Red Mountain, I gave a black bear a wide berth as we both enjoyed the incredible and abundant blueberries.

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The West side of Red Mountain with Omer Lake below.

From the summit of Red Mountain, I opted to try to make a bit more of a loop (and avoid the bear) and dropped somewhat directly down the West Face towards Omer Lake. After getting cliffed out a few times, I managed to pick my down through the steep bush to the lake. From the lake, I ascended a gulley towards Ben Lui (more of a bump, than a peak deserving a name) and traversed over its top and down to the Mountain Lakes trail which I followed back down to my bike.

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Loch Lomond and Bagpipe Peak as seen from the summit of Ben Lomond. This is the northern end of the Fannin Range which extends to Mt. Seymour on the North Shore.