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Ascent of Telkwa Microwave on 2017-09-06

Climber: John Stolk

Date:Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Telkwa Microwave
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:6333 ft / 1930 m

Ascent Trip Report

Note: mileages are only approximate...see Mount Cronin Trip Report for a link to photos (images #37-65) taken by Grant Myers.

From Highway 16 at the small hamlet of Telkwa take the road in the center of "town" which descends and crosses the Bulkley River after a few hundred meters. I believe it is signed "Coalmine Road". Follow this southwest out of town and after a couple of miles the pavement ends. About 5 miles from Telkwa the road forks. Take the right fork signed Aveling Coalmine Road. Continue on the main road which roughly follows the south side of the Telkwa River- at one point we took a wrong turn to the right on what looked to be the main track but this soon dead-ended at a residential area. After 9-10 miles the road will cross the Telkwa River on a bridge. There is a recreational site with several nice campsites on the north bank of the river here.

After crossing the river continue up the main road for another 5-6 (?) miles and turn right on the Winfield Creek (also referred to locally as Microwave) road. There is a large sign laying off to the side of the road near the junction. Follow this up the hill for about 7.5 miles to some microwave towers. There is one area of pretty steep switchbacks along the way although a 2WD vehicle with decent clearance should be able to make it to the microwave towers.

About 100 meters before the towers an ATV track heads off to the right. This is a good place to park. We drove maybe 1/4 mile further where we encountered a narrow rocky section and stopped. A determined driver with 4WD could perhaps continue although there were some pretty deep mudholes which looked problematic even in late season a bit further along. I did not regret stopping where I did.

From the microwave parking area the ATV track continues pretty much all the way to the top. Along the way a short spur heading off to the right climbs up to a local ski club hut. Most of the terrain from here on is open parkland with tundra, small evergreens, and many beautiful small tarns. Near a unique large standing rock (photo #60) we angled rightward off of the ATV track taking a somewhat more direct line up the slope. Eventually we rejoined the track just below the summit obelisk. The true summit is an easy scramble on the ridge just northeast of the obelisk. Two points along the ridge (less than 100 meters apart) are roughly equal in height although if I had to guess I would say the one nearest the obelisk is slightly higher. Neither is difficult to reach- Class 2 at most. One way distance from parking area to summit was probably about 7 miles. Pretty much Class 1 all the way to the obelisk.
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