November 3, 2010
From the lookout, it's necessary to drop some elevation before climbing up back through forest and boulderfields to get onto a ridgecrest south of Coliseum Mountain. The alternative access from Lynn headwaters joins in from here, but that access is a bit longer.
Once we hit snow at about 1300-1350m, it turned into a slow postholing trudge onto the summit of Coliseum, just in time for lunch.
We wandered over towards Burwell for a short distance, but soon decided that thigh-deep postholing wasn't fun, and I would rather be walking here in the summer on the granite slabs.
Snow covered granite and tarns. Next time I'll come up here in the summer and go for a swim!
Goat Mountain, Crown Pass, and Crown Mountain. You can get a good view of the Widowmaker arete from here.
A quick nap, and some more food, and it was back to the knee-pounding descent back to the bikes. We made out with plenty of daylight left, and stopped at the End of the Line corner store for some well-deserved icecream. Next time, I'll have to visit the remote alpine cathedral up there! This would also be a fun place to come back to in the summer with all the tarns and granite cracks to explore.
A couple more photos are here at Flickr