Gabriela M. on Mt Harvey:
“Initially the hike was planned for Rainbow Lake but fortunately I received an email with a link to a post informing that a bridge that crosses a creek hadn’t been put up yet so I chose Mount Harvey instead. It was 5 of us in total and we started the hike around 9 am. Quite the steep hike but we did well. Snow became visible, but not enough to be of any inconvenience just before the trail opens up to the big view of the Lions. We then continued onto the final push to the top of Mount Harvey and I found that poles were quite useful here with the snow we had to walk across. The scrambling was snow free and the view at the top was phenomenal. Our descent went well and we enjoyed a meal/drink in North Van. Great outing.”
Audrey at Elfin Lakes:
“I did a last minute callout on a Thursday when the weather forecast announced 4 days of amazing sunshine – indeed, the sun was out the whole time! I also found out about the shelter at Elfin Lakes and thought a weekday outside the summer seemed just perfect to enjoy such a popular spot. Elfin Lakes can be done in a day, but you would miss the best part: the sunset from the deck of the shelter, and the lovely chat with very nice people around your evening dinner 🙂
Stan and I started going up at about 1.30 pm Friday and reached Red Heather after 1h 30m, with snow from halfway. It took us 3 more hours on an amazing ridge with 360° views, to get to Elfin Lakes (which were of course, frozen!) Snowshoes were definitely required from Red Heather to Elfin Lakes because of the new, deep layer of snow that had fallen the week before. We saw many people the next day going up without them, but it was way easier and faster with them!
This was an amazing hike, with great views, a really slow way up (600 m in 11 km) and the shelter has everything you need: bunkbeds, stoves and even electricity (+ an outside pit toilet). Wow! It’s really worth the scramble in the snow! The landscape up there is gorgeous, especially with all the snow.
On Saturday, we took some time to explore the trails going further (unlike the winter trail to Elfin Lakes, which is very well marked and easy to find, trails going further are unmarked), but going further would require to spend one more day up there (especially with all the snow). It took us 3h 30m to go back and we ended the trip with a visit to Howe Sound Brewery in Squamish, yum!
What a fantastic trip, and also my first callout, thanks again for all the help through Facebook!”
Stephen H. on Mt Galiano:
“Add this hike to your list, Mount Gardner fans. Mount Galiano proved to be an accessible day trip via the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Dharmesh, Helen, Ivy, Josie, and Susan joined me for a satisfying six-hour loop passing through Bluffs Park on the way there and back. Bald eagles and spectacular views greeted us on top. The ferry schedule gave us time to eat at a cafe and peruse the bookstore afterwards. It was the perfect way to get away for the day.”
Andy G. at Norvan Falls:
“This hike was the very first trip I organized through Wanderung in April 2005 and I could not resist re-organizing the same hike a decade later, almost to the day 🙂 Thanks to Gary signing up, I was able to get out and celebrate that anniversary.
It was another sunny day in Lynn Headwaters, and the falls made a nice destination. The sunshine in the forest was very cheery, and despite cool temperatures (we needed gloves after a few minutes hanging round at the falls), spring is definitely here. Skunk cabbage is blooming all over the place, salmonberry too. Yellow stream violets are abundant along the trail by Lynn Creek, spring beauty is out here and there, bleeding heart foliage is out but only a few flowers just now. And the birds are singing: wrens, varied thrushes, the occasional hummingbird and others I can’t yet identify.
The trail was remarkably dry, which made travel easy and fast: our hike time was 4.5 hours including a couple of snack stops. There were only a few muddy and slippery patches up in the forest between the Lynn Loop turnoff and the third debris chute. The water level was quite low in Norvan Creek which made it easy to get down by the water for some nice waterfall shots.”