Numa Mountain & Floe Lake.

Bridge over Vermilion River

Bridge over Vermilion River

October 2 2014 Thursday.

The day did not start off too well with snow and ice on the highway. The bridges were especially slippy as we found out when we had to help a motor cyclist who had fallen off his bike on Hwy #1.

Numa Mountain & Floe Lake trail head are down Hwy 93 on the right from Castle Mountain, about 30km from Hwy 1. The trail to Floe Lake and Numa Pass is a well defined trail.

Trail Head Sign

We decided to approach Numa Mountain from the avalanche chute route ( bench ) and return via Floe Lake.

Bench at turn up avalanche slope to Numa Mt

Bench at the turn up to the avalanche slope to Numa Mt

All of the blogs I had read had mentioned this was one hell of a grind and I have to agree especially with the fresh snow. It looks so very easy from the above photo but the photo foreshortenes the route. The ground underfoot like all of this area has loose plates.

Cutting across to the Col of Numa Peak.Peak is top right

Cutting across to the Col of Numa Peak.Peak is top right

There is no need to head to the top of the peak that is ahead of you unless you enjoy extra elevation gain. As the chute starts to narrow head left to catch the col . The summit is top right on the photo above.

Happy to have made the summit of Numa

Happy to have made the summit of Numa

 

Mt Foster and the ridge down

Mt Foster and the ridge down

View from the summit. The ridge showen in above photo is the route down to Numa Pass and Floe Lake.

Heading down the ridge to the lower summit

Heading down the ridge to the lower summit

Heading down towards the lower summit where a bit of scrambling is required.

Leaving the lower summit. Another top center

Leaving the lower summit. Another top center

Going down from the lower summit is sheer hell with the snow covering. All the way has big slabs of plate rock and I think they have ball bearings under them. I sure did a lot of bum work down this section. Looking at the next summit I have good news you can cut across to the left to the ridge on the left.

About to cut to the left

About to cut to the left

At about this point we short cut to the left.

Floe Lake and the way down to the trail

Floe Lake and the way down to the trail

It is a nice stroll down to the Numa Pass trail which is just above the tree line and visable to the naked eye.
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Distance return 24.4 km Time return 10:30 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 1670 m Elevation to Summit1 375m Summit height 2735 m

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