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Pinto Mountain, Columbia Valley, Invermere, May 10, 2019

Pinto Mountain Invermere columbia valley May 10, 2019 Regular route is left bowl and ridge but too much snow on trail in trees/valley so we went up early onto SW ridge which is right skyline.

Invermere Area Conditions + 25 C in valley – tried Pinto Mountain Friday May 10 but snow in trees at 1650 m and waist deep at 2350 m. Two to 3 weeks too early. Heavily used Elk and Sheep area but only 1 tick maybe because of lots of small birds.

Regular route is left bowl(NW) and ridge but too much snow on trail in trees/valley so we went up early up a steep avi path on debris and then grass/mud and onto SW ridge which is right skyline.

Finding trailhead a bit hard. Take Bernais road left off mine road and stick to most traveled route ate each intersection. Sometime faded pink ribbon and one orange diamond marker. At final cutblock/parking is a hike sign for Pinto mountain. Trail is high clearance right now.

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