Downs Mountain Additions and Corrections

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STW - Aug 23, 2010 2:39 pm - Hasn't voted

Additional Info - Summer 2010

We were in this area summer 2010. We went for Downs when we were camped at Faler Lake. Climbed up the drainage (cairn-marked trail) below Faler and up from there. We had been advised to head up to Bear Lake, on to Daphne Lake, then up to Downs from there. Won't work. Skip these lakes and head directly up from the top of the drainage above Faler. There is a hard-to-follow set of cairns that takes you up the most direct way through the sections that are not obvious. Note also that the hike up/down from Natural Bridge to Clear Lake and Faler Lake is trickier than expected. It is all non-maintained. There is a faint cairn-marked path, but lots and lots of deadfall trees interrupt the path continuously making for hard route-finding and slow progress. A spectactular area, but a climb that required more time and effort than we expected.

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