Monthly Archives: September 2017

Tricouni Meadows East, 24 Sep 2017

Chris N. at Tricouni Meadows East:
“Well, we didn’t end up finding the old trail down. It turns out there is a lot more recent logging on the south and east flanks of Tricouni. All the maps we had (OpenStreetMap, iMapBC, and Google satellite view) were out-of-date. Very little forest remains in the overlapping clearcuts. We parked one car just past the 4-km marker on Roe Creek and drove Chance Creek as far as we could. The directions on Club Tread seem pretty accurate but I think we missed the 8.1-km fork. For the most part, follow the arrows painted on the ground except at 8.4 km where the arrows point left but you should go straight on a more over-grown road. 2WD should park here unless you are confident in your driving skills (the next 300 m are rougher). AWD can make it to a fork at 8.7 km. Beyond is serious 4WD territory.

In our explorations, we did find an older, fainter route through the meadows which was nicer than the current trail and would work as a loop with the current trail. To find the older route, head right up a decommissioned road at the last switchback on the Roe Creek road. About 15 m along, there is a faint trail on your left (looks almost like a shallow gully). This trail leads up through the clearcut and enters the forest next to a small stream. You quickly emerge into meadows and the trail fades near a small marsh. Head left-ish to pick it up again. The trail is mostly flat and heads west through open meadows with wet patches before heading up a rocky gully that ends at a small lake just to the east of and slightly higher than the bigger High Falls Lake. To find the newer trail, head to the southern end of High Falls Lake. This trail emerges at the top of Roe Creek road about 200 m past the driveable portion and above the switchback mentioned previously. The blueberries were plentiful and delicious. The local bears thought so, too!”

Needle Peak, 23 Sep 2017

Chris N. at Needle Peak:
“My old 103 Hikes book says to park at the highway maintenance yard and cross the creek behind the large building there. However, the “No admittance” signs indicate that the authorities don’t want you to do that. Instead, park on the rough pipeline access road where there is room for about 20 cars. To find the trail, walk about 10 m west of the creek crossing. The route is easy to follow. There are many secondary trails on the ridge before the Flatiron / Needle junction but you can’t get lost. After the junction, there are only 2 scramble-y spots. The first is near the top of the first step (visible from the junction and well-flagged) where there is a bit of an overhang at waist level. The second is just before the summit in a little vertical gully with plenty of foot placements. Neither has any exposure. The summit is small and might be nerve-wracking if it’s really windy. Luckily we had no wind at all. On the way up, note the occasional landmark so that you take the correct route down. This seems to be a popular hike – we encountered about 40 people excluding the big school group. The lunch wagon at the rest area at the base closes for the season at the end of September.”

Skyline Ridge, 16 Sep 2017

Will B. on Skyline Ridge:
“Last Saturday, five of us hiked the Skyline Ridge trail from the Sea to Sky Gondola. Ninety minutes of hiking through the trees up an old logging road, then out into an old clearcut full of blueberry bushes at about 1200 metres. Through some beautiful old-growth forest, then out of the trees and up and down along a lovely alpine ridge towards the Copilot. We got back to the lodge at 6.20, for a little over 8 hours on the trail. Thanks to Andy for driving, and everyone for being awesome.”

Barney

Guanaco Peak, 16 Sep 2017

Jason C. on Guanaco Peak:
“Drove up the Coquihalla Highway and up the Coldwater Road as instructed on 103 Hikes and other various websites. The road itself is decent but for the last 6-8 kms be prepared for dense overgrowth which WILL scratch you vehicle. I ended up parking about 6 kms out from the trailhead but was fortunate to run into another group from Chilliwack who were less concerned with damaging the exterior of their truck. We started by hiking up an old logging road. Make sure to pay attention for a small rock cairn on the ground to the left of the road as we overshot it and ended up getting delayed for 15-20 minutes backtracking. The cairn indicates the trail head off the road, again to the left. Cross a small footbridge and head up the immediately steep trail that is marked by intermittent flagging. The footpath is fairly evident. After steady climbing, we came out into alpine meadows accompanied by the breathtaking views of Vicuna and Guanaco. Continuing up, we eventually reached the saddle of the two and then continued up to Guanaco and take in the views of the various ranges and peaks. I was able get up top and take some pics early as forest fire smoke and haze did eventually begin to amass and obscure the further ranges. All in all a beautiful hike and worth the trip!”

High Note Trail, 2 Sep 2017

Dave G. on the High Point Trail:
“Three of us – Dave, Chen & Pablo – hiked the High Note Trail on top of Whistler on Sat, Sept 2nd. And it Chen was in for a treat as it was his first time in Whistler. We had an amazing hike with epic views. We took the gondola up around 10:30 am on a very busy day (long weekend crowds) and then up the Peak Chair to start the hike. The views were amazing and the crowds thinned out over time. We were also moving aside a few times for the Valley to Peak racers. Wow, these people are beast mode racing all the way from village. We soaked in the views walking the ridge with stunning views of the Tusk, Cheakamus Lake, and more. I ended with a nice refreshing cool dip in Harmony Lake and stayed for the dinner feast at 5:30 pm which was well earned. Chen & Pablo took the Peak-to-Peak gondola over to Blackcomb so Chen could add to his first-time in Whistler experience and the epic drive home with setting sun. Thanks Chen & Pablo for joining me on this amazing hike. It was absolutely worth the gondola ticket.”