Aug 18, 2016Bucketlist checked! Started at 9 am and reached the base of Black Tusk in 3.5 hours. The first 1.5 hours reaching the 6 km mark junction was not so bad as the switchback was through the forest. It was a hot sunny day and the hike to the black tusk was under the heat of the sun but a beautiful hike nonetheless with already a 360 view of the surrounding mountain ranges. The last part of the hike to the Tusk was tough, seeing the tusk so close but yet so far. It took about 30 -45 minutes uphill hike through loose rocks (size of golfballs) and sketchy path. I had to dig my shoes in to get a firm stand so I wont slip. The view is amazing being up at the base. Im a solo hiker so I didnt attempt going on top of the tusk. Perhaps next year. The way down was easier as I pretended to slide through snow, again diggin my shoes into the loose gravel/rock. After Black Tusk, I went on to Panorama Ridge another 5km hike to the top. Another steep hike up but the view is something that no words can quite describe. It was even more incredible and one can just stay there forever to take on the full on 360 view of beautiful british columbia. Panorama Ridge is a must hike! It is by far the most beautiful scene I have ever seen. Note: If you plan to do the Panorama Ridge anytime soon, please dont take the easy way down by sliding down the ridge on the snow. A group of people did and a couple of ignorant guys got stuck on the crevices of the ice part. Gun flares were shot and I had to give away my basic emergency kit to some people as they didnt bring any emergency kit at all. Please be responsible and always be cautious. The two guys who got stuck eventually freed themselves out. I didnt stick around to find out what happened after. Completed both Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge in 10.5 hours in one day totalling 40 kms. A long and tiring hike but worth it all and plan to do it again.
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