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Canada : British Columbia

10.0 km (6.2 miles) SSE of Sproatt, BC, Canada
Approx. altitude: 1540 m (5052 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo topo250 world confnav)
Antipode: 50°S 57°E

Accuracy: 57 m (187 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View North (along Helm Creek) #3: View East #4: View South (along Helm Creek) #5: My GPS receiver, 57 meters east of the confluence point #6: View of Mount Garibaldi from the meadow near the confluence point #7: The Cheakamus Creek bridge, en route to the confluence point

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  50°N 123°W (visit #5)  

#1: The confluence point lies 57 m away - just beyond the bank on the other side of Helm Creek. (This is also a view to the West.)

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

31-Jul-2012 -- I was in Vancouver for a conference, and had a day off, so I decided to rent a car for a day, to visit this nearby confluence point.

I knew I had misjudged the hike to the confluence point when I arrived at the Cheakamus Creek Trailhead, and found that I was still 4.5 km ('as the crow flies') from the confluence point - farther away than I has expected. (I really need to start reading previous visitors' reports more closely!) However, the thing that I misjudged the most was the elevation gain: 721 metres - from the Cheakamus Creek crossing (820 m elevation) to the Helm Creek Trail near the confluence point (1541 m elevation). So, what I had originally thought was going to be an easy hike turned out to be a non-trivial hike that took an entire afternoon.

After a hike of about 9.5 km along the Cheakamus Creek and then Helm Creek Trails, I found myself in a meadow just 400 m East of the confluence point. With the help of a downed log, I found a way across a small creek that I (at first) thought was Helm Creek. I soon discovered, however, that the real Helm Creek lay ahead - just in front of the confluence point. Unlike the previous successful visitors (on 31 July 2009: three years ago to the day!), I was not able to find a downed log across this creek, which was flowing much too swiftly for me to consider crossing on foot. However, I was able to get within 57 m (+/- GPS error of 3 m) of the point; enough for a successful visit.

This was a wonderful hike through a beautiful forest, with beautiful views of nearby mountains.


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#1: The confluence point lies 57 m away - just beyond the bank on the other side of Helm Creek. (This is also a view to the West.)
#2: View North (along Helm Creek)
#3: View East
#4: View South (along Helm Creek)
#5: My GPS receiver, 57 meters east of the confluence point
#6: View of Mount Garibaldi from the meadow near the confluence point
#7: The Cheakamus Creek bridge, en route to the confluence point
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  Notes
In the Garibaldi Provincial Park.