Headwall Lakes to Fortress Mountain to Chester Lake

Both these old roads come up from Chester Lake Parking

Both these old roads come up from Chester Lake Parking

July 8th Wednesday

Headwall Lakes to Fortress mountain and return from Chester Lake. A classic hike and scramble from Hwy 40 the Smith Dorrien and Spray Lakes hwy. The trail head is at Chester lake parking opposite  Burstall Pass parking. Follow the trail to the left of the outhouse up towards the flood damage stream but turn right just before onto the old logging road. There is another old logging road that heads behind the outhouse at the back of the parking lot and comes out at the same place as the picture above shows. At 2km

Crossing Headwall Creek

Crossing Headwall Creek

The Headwall Creek is reached in 3.0 km

This is the left turn off the logging rd to Headwall Lakes

This is the left turn off the logging rd to Headwall Lakes

The left turn as shown to Headwall lakes is about 250 m from the creek and is highlighted with cairns.

First Lake with the waterfall emerging through the ground

First Lake with the waterfall emerging through the ground from the second lake

The first lake at about  6.00km. There is a very narrow steep washed out trail through the trees to reach this point.

Back view of second lake

Back view of second lake

 

 

Approx route up mising the Col

Approx route up missing the Col

The normal route is to attain the Col and then head up the wide ridge to Fortress. We headed up on  the rocks to the right and  eventually found a trail cutting left to the ridge. From this point to the summit is 600m.

Fortress Ski Chalet

Fortress Ski Chalet

This was taken from a notch just below the summit.

The way up Fortress from the Col

The way up Fortress from the Col

 

Coming off the Col into Chester

Coming off the Col into Chester

The route down from the Col into Chester is very steep and not that soft.

Chester Lk

Chester Lk

HedwallFortress

HedwallFortress profile

Distance return 16.7 km Time return 8 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 1238 m Elevation to Summit 1130m Summit height 3017 m

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