The Trap Dike

By:  Greg
August 2, 2010

Another 45 minutes later and we found ourselves greeted by the resplendent Avalanche Lake. We had only carried minimal water up to this point so we could cruise the flatlands. At Avalanche Lake however, we got our “water buffalo” on, and took on enough water to do the remainder of our hike in case the higher terrain on Colden was bone dry.
Kristin treating water at Avalanche Lake

Thar she blows! The run-out of the Trap Dike. The hairs on the back of our neck were definitely beginning to tingle.
The Trap Dike from Avalanche Lake

We bushwacked around the south side of the lake, and easily found the bottom of The Dike. We entered with high expectations. A trickle of water was making it’s way down, and sounded far louder than the actual volume of the stream warranted. This is a fairly standard move in the Trap Dike.
Kristin ascends the first move

Thank you Mount Colden for your refreshing Trap Dike water! (guess we didn’t need to pack up 2 liters each)
refreshing Trap Dike Water

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  1. Lionel Hutz
    wrote on August 2nd, 2010 at 9:51 am  

    Another note, if you look at the picture of the foot of the Dike…likely taken from Hitch-Up Matilda…you’ll see that there aren’t that many trees. Well a few years ago, this little grove was chocked with trees and one winter day, a large avalanche came ripping down the dike and opps…no more trees.

    Great job though!

  2. Porter Haney
    wrote on August 2nd, 2010 at 11:23 am  

    Ahh. Would have been great to hike the dike. Too bad I was stuck in the pit toilet all day!

    • K_C
      wrote on August 2nd, 2010 at 2:01 pm  

      Fear not, you guys had a good time with a few more adventures along the way, more pics will be added later

    • Porter Haney
      wrote on August 2nd, 2010 at 3:20 pm  

      Did Dwyer demonstrate his qualifications to be named the Friction King?

    • Greg
      wrote on August 2nd, 2010 at 3:28 pm  

      As soon as I get home, I’ll flesh out the adventure of the BYO Haneys

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