Elevation: 6,160 ft
GPS: 49.025, -113.822 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Brad Warne on Jun 3, 2016
Admins: Dave Rone, Tom Gnyra
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Description

Sofa Creek is a rarely visited area due to the longer approach. If you make the trip back you will be rewarded with one of the best routes in the area, Sullivan Falls. If you are quick, there are other quality routes close by to make the journey even more worth the effort. The routes face NE and seem to form early and stay late.

Getting There

There are two options for getting to Vimy Ridge, from here the approach is the same for both.

1:The traditional approach is to cross the Waterton River at the Marquis Hole campground. This can be as easy as walking across ice when it is frozen, or as epic as crossing the open river in a raft or canoe. From here continue SE on foot to gain the Vimy Ridge trail.

2:On low snow years or end of the season it may be possible to bike from the highway to join the Vimy Ridge trail. Park in a small pullout on the north side of the gate on Hwy 6. On the westside of the road is the Wishbone trail. Follow this trail for approx 7kms to where a tral breaks off left, This is the Vimy Ridge trail.

Once the Vimy Ridge trail is gained follow it up the hillside until it reaches the ridge proper. Hereit will turn right and climb the ridge. We followed the ridge for about 5 minutes and then turned left and headed downhill. From here you are on your own, no trails though you may see some game trails. Once we hit valley bottom and Sofa creek, we crossed the creek and traversed slopes on the east side of the valley until reaching the climbs. This may not be possible in high avalanche conditions. If so, stay on the west side until reaching steep slopes and then cross over to the east side. The terrain on the east side as you get near the climbs becomes flat and treed. Expect to take anywhere from 2-4hrs for the approach. Snowshoes may be an asset.

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