The summer is slipping away, and we haven’t been out in the hills since ski-season ended. We needed exercise, and we probably were limited to locations that are inspiring, but didn’t have epic altitude gain. Yesterday, we chose Brohm Ridge. It is not frequented by the muscle-powered wilderness travellers (hikers and skiers) because tenure for this area, adjacent to Garibaldi Provincial Park, is held by the Black Tusk Snowmobile Club. I’ve always found these motorized folks to be friendly, and I was under the impression that they maintained the road. Actually the road was in very rough shape, and our trip up and down the hill was very slow with several stops to move stones out of the way. It required a 4×4 with low range. All day, we saw only 3 other people, all on motorcycles.
The location is spectacular. Brohm is long high ridge that extends westward from the north-side glaciers of Mt. Garibaldi for about 4-1/2 kilometers into the Whistler Corridor. The top of the broad ridge rises from about 5 thousand feet to just over 6 thousand feet at the glaciers. The views in all directions are staggering.
The upper area of the road is guarded by a gate, so we parked at 4550′.
On the drive up the hill (we took the road that passes Cat Lake — just north of Squamish) the aspect is west, so we had views of the Tantalus Range, but never saw Mt. Garibaldi. Moments after we left the car, we rounded a corner and an IMAX moment — we reached the gate and could see that we were acutally on a ridge of the great volcano.
From there the road wanders down and up for about 2-3/4 km to the lodges of the snowmobile club. You can see it and the view toward Tantalus if their web cam is up and the weather is clear at: BTSC Web Cam.
It is another 2 km or so up to the main ridge. After that, we simply marched along looking at the views.
If you have a copy of Google Earth, You can view exactly what we saw.
Download this file << to take you to the exact location where I took a picture of Mt. Garibaldi and it will superimpose my image over the mountain. You can then control the opacity to compare the image with the virtual image in GE. If you explore the region in GE, you will see that Brohm Ridge provides the fastest access to Garibaldi for climbers heading for the summit.
Click any of my images to see a larger version. It was a hazy day, so the distant hills have a dreamy quality.