From Mount Hawkins to Mount Lineham there’s no more scrambling to be found, just a very pleasant ridge walk south and then east on Lineham Ridge and a final ascent to the summit of Mount Lineham. Part way along the southbound leg, the route joins the Tamarack trail. After complete solitude through the trip so far, I encountered a few parties once I was on the Tamarack trail. One group was planning to visit the Lineham Lakes via a gentle southeast facing slope descending from Lineham Ridge. The others were up on the summit of Mount Lineham, having ascended from the Rowe Meadow side (which is an excellent trip in itself – see this post for details).
By the time I was ascending to Mount Lineham I was starting to tire and the day had become quite hot. It was a bit of a slog climbing the last 100 metres to Lineham’s massive summit cairn. I rested there for a while enjoying the unique views to the south – from this vantage Cameron Lake and the Upper and Lower Rowe Lakes are all visible simultaneously.
For my descent I went directly down the avalanche pathway south of the summit back to the Rowe Lakes trail. Short rock bands and sections of rubble on slabs kept this from being a carefree scree skiing descent but it was quite rapid. Other parties were ahead of me and the steep slope meant I had to deviate a little off the best line just in case I knocked any rocks downward. Once down to the valley floor there was a bit of a bushwhack to get to the trail but there was a faint animal trail visible which made things easier. After following the Rowe trail back to the parking area I walked 1.3 km back along Akamina Parkway to my car at the Lineham trailhead.
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