Friday, June 15, 2007

Have a Little Faith: The Short Way Up Mount Faith in the Christina Range.

At 2279 metres, Mount Faith is the highest peak in the Christina Range, a mostly gentle range of alpine and sub-alpine peaks and interconnected ridges running south from Inonoaklin Creek all the way down to the US border. The long route to the top of Mount Faith is via a 20 km long poorly maintained trail, used more by horses than hikers, that starts at Lynch Creek, north of Grand Forks. After about 5 or 6 km the trail forks and the route to Mount Faith follows Morrell Creek northeast to finally arrive at a small tarn (Cowpie Lake) half a kilometre southeast of the summit of Mount Faith.

Mount Faith From the East

The short route to Mount Faith is an easy days outing from logging roads on the east side of the Christina Range, and features perhaps 200 vertical metres of light bushwhacking followed by a delightful walk along a 2 km long alpine ridge to arrive at Cowpie Lake.

When we hiked this route in June 2007, the ridge was a garden of wildflowers – anenome, globe flowers, mountain bluebells, and jacobs ladder. Many wildflowers had not yet bloomed so you could easily be walking an alpine garden later in the year. The two unnamed peaks on either side of Mount Faith (locally known as Hope and Charity) are also easy ascents from this route, so you could comfortably spend an entire day wandering the ridge systems on the crest of the Christina Range.

Mountain Bluebell

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