Sep 26, 2009The Knight-Baby Munday-Stewart-Stills part of the Cheam Range is a pristine, somewhat off-the-beaten-path excursion in the Chilliwack area. Kinda like Tricouni to the Stawamus Chief would be what Stewart Peak is to Mount Cheam. The views-to-effort ratio is great and there are hardly anyone to be seen on the trails. We saw one other party about 1 km ahead of us in the entire day.
The steepness of the ascent is mitigated by the gorgeous flora and abundant blueberries in the alpine. The meadows are absolutely stunning; the temperature and sun intensity perfect for hiking.
I sustained a deep contusion on my right knee attempting Tetrahedron Peak two weeks ago and chose to stop at the 2,050 m level today - at a glacial tarn just below the Baby Munday-Stewart col. It was such a stunning and photogenic backdrop that I hardly felt the time passing waiting for the summit party to return - even though it was barely above freezing.
The company on the hike was terrific and I enjoyed an edifying communion with nature and unspoiled wilderness. I can hardly wait to return here next year!
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