Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Evans Peak

Steep and ugly.  There is no other way to describe this trail.  At an average incline of 23.7% over 4 kilometers you are guaranteed a workout.  Rarely does one see a view which makes the trek almost bearable.

 Even tho this trail is almost completely in the shade due to the forest the trail in summer is dusty which creates poor footing in parts of the trail.  This is also the shortcut trail to Allouette Mountain.  Approximately at the 900 meter mark the trail "Y's" with the right trail going to Evans and the left to Allouette.  As one nears the peak there is a section where a rope is used to help you climb.  Without a doubt this is a challenge when one hikes with a dog.  You will need to lift him up and then catch him on a jump on the way down. This trail will cover 4 kilometers with an elevation gain of 950 meters.

Despite my negative comments about this trail, the views from the peak does put it on the list of those to do once.

To find this trail drive to Golden Ears Park near Maple Ridge BC.  When in the park look for the West Canyon Trail.  This is the same trail used to access the Golden Ears and Alder Flats.  After about 10 minutes on this trail there will be a trail going off to the left (View Point Trail).  After about 30 minutes look for the sign for Evans Peak on your right.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Eaton Lake

On a hot day this is one trail which helps one escape the heat.  Although the trail is steep (23%) since most of the trail is shaded and follows a cascading creek it does remain cool.  In two places the trail uses log bridges to cross over the creek.  Along the trail there are enough waterfalls to keep the waterfallologists enthused.
When one reaches closer to the lake the endless climb eases as one walks immediately beside the creek.  Shortly after this one reaches Eaton Lake.  Keep in mind that this has been a 925 meter climb over 4.2 kilometers.  On hot days the lake provides a great cool down.
For those so inclined the lake provides opportunities to try some fly fishing.  Numerous trout in the range from 6 to 12 inches were seen surfacing.

To find this trail drive on the Highway #1 (Trans-Canada Highway) towards Hope taking exit #168. Follow this road to a flashing amber light and turn right on to Silver Skagit Road. Zero your odometer and head south on this road. At the "Y" take the left and follow signs for Ross Lake.
Shortly after the 16 km point turn left on to a side road marked with a sign for the Eaton Lake Trail. Follow the road a short distance to the campsite area. Do not park in any of the campsites.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Arduum Guns and Rotors/Mastadon

If you want a work out this is it.  Going up the Arduum Guns and Rotors trail takes you straight up Red Mountain.  You climb 350 meters in just over 1 kilometer....and keep in mind that there are some flat sections.  This is steep. It would be worth waiting to witness a bike rider go flying over this 25 foot drop.

This entire trail is in the forest so it would be a good choice on hot summer days.  When one reaches the top take a right turn and the trail turns into the Mastodon trail.  Although this trail is much longer, 3.6 kilometers, taking this trail down is much easier on the knees. Another bonus is that most of this trail is simply just a really beautiful trail.
Early in Spring this trail has numerous Trilliums in bloom.
To get to this trail in Mission BC drive north on Dewdney Trunk Road past the small lake at the base of Bear Mountain, past the Mission Gun Club and turn right onto the next turnout on the west side of the road.  Walk past the closed gate up the logging road keeping to the left.  Soon the trail head sign post will be evident on your left. On the return you rejoin this logging road just 100 meters further up the road.