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PostSun Feb 25, 2024 3:06 pm 
Whenever I get the chance, I try to go out hiking around Whistler when my family is skiing there. Rainbow Mountain is just north of Whistler, only a 10 minute drive to the trailhead. It has a respectable prominence and requires 5700ft gain, so nothing to sneeze at. I foolishly started at 10am thinking I could make it to the top for sunset, but with all the heavy gear and camera lens I was pretty slow. Nevertheless, I reached a beautiful viewpoint where I staid until sunset to take photos. Route note (see the track) : at the trailhead there is a sign that the suspension bridge is taken down for winter. The location of the bridge is impassable (deep canyon), but if you head upstream there is a flat swamp area where the creek is easy to cross. Just as in WA, BC does not have a lot of snow this winter, so many creeks are open and lakes are questionable to cross. This made some things a little hard that I suspect are easy with more snow. The wind scoop on the SW ridge is something to behold. It seems even larger than the Bacon scoop. I saw a crazy animal track on the ridge later in my photos. Maybe a wolverine? It seems odd for a cougar or bear to be up there. All photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bravenboer/albums/72177720315056875
Rainbow Lake
Rainbow Lake
Rainbow Lake was pretty. No sleds or tracks as far as I could see.
Rainbow Mountain looking down my track
Rainbow Mountain looking down my track
Rainbow Mountain looking up from around 6500ft
Rainbow Mountain looking up from around 6500ft
Rainbow Mountain
Rainbow Mountain
Rainbow Mountain at the bottom of the glacier
Rainbow Mountain at the bottom of the glacier
The views breaking out of the clouds were pretty cool. BC had a terrible wind slab developed the week before and snowshoes were ineffective on the light powder on top of the slab. I switched from snowshoes to boots and crampons once the ascent started from a bit beyond Rainbow Lake.
Mount Weart
Mount Weart
View north the Soo River drainage to the Pemberton Icefield
View north the Soo River drainage to the Pemberton Icefield
Numbers Peak and Pemberton Icefield in the clouds
Numbers Peak and Pemberton Icefield in the clouds
Powder Mountain area
Powder Mountain area
The ridge had some small cornices that were pretty. Otherwise, cornices are currently minimal due to lack of snow. It appears this will change this week though.
Hidden Peak and Mount Callaghan
Hidden Peak and Mount Callaghan
Track on Rainbow Mountain
Track on Rainbow Mountain
Rainbow Mountain itself:
Rainbow Mountain SW ridge
Rainbow Mountain SW ridge
Rainbow Mountain SW ridge
Rainbow Mountain SW ridge
Rainbow Mountain wind scoop
Rainbow Mountain wind scoop
Rainbow Mountain SW ridge
Rainbow Mountain SW ridge
Rainbow Mountain SW ridge
Rainbow Mountain SW ridge
Rainbow Mountain glacier
Rainbow Mountain glacier
Rainbow Mountain SW ridge
Rainbow Mountain SW ridge
With the cloud coverage it is very hard to figure out what the summits actually are because there are no reference point. No idea which one this is:
The Spearhead area is ridiculously photogenic:
Spearhead, Blackcomb and Tremor Mountain in the background
Spearhead, Blackcomb and Tremor Mountain in the background
Spearhead and Tremor Mountain in the background
Spearhead and Tremor Mountain in the background
Spearhead, Blackcomb and Tremor Mountain in the background
Spearhead, Blackcomb and Tremor Mountain in the background
Spearhead panorama at sunset from Rainbow Mountain
Spearhead panorama at sunset from Rainbow Mountain
Wedge Mountain area:
Parkhurst Mountain
Parkhurst Mountain
Wedge Mountain
Wedge Mountain
Wedge Mountain
Wedge Mountain
Wedge Mountain
Wedge Mountain
And the Whistler ski area itself:
Blackcomb area
Blackcomb area
Blackcomb area sunset
Blackcomb area sunset
Close to sunset:
Spearhead and Blackcomb area
Spearhead and Blackcomb area
Track
Rainbow Mountain GPS track (17 miles, 5000ft gain)
Rainbow Mountain GPS track (17 miles, 5000ft gain)

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PostSun Feb 25, 2024 5:35 pm 
Thanks for the TR, this pk has been on my radar

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PostSun Feb 25, 2024 6:37 pm 
Simply stunning photography! Just beautiful!

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PostMon Feb 26, 2024 12:03 pm 
7 / 35 could be Mount Fee.

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PostMon Feb 26, 2024 5:35 pm 
This an absolutely massive wind feature. That must have been quite the storm!
mbravenboer wrote:
Rainbow Mountain wind scoop
Rainbow Mountain wind scoop

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