It seemed to be a weekend where my buddies were wanting to cross some things off there, "ToDo" list.
Trojan Troy had been asking me to take him up to the Bridge River country for some time now since I was a bit familiar with it.
The plan was to search and find the so called ghost town of Bradian.
That sounded right up my alley so of course I just had to go for it.
I was hoping for a great exploring adventure with some hiking and bushwacking involved. Unfortunately we were able to drive right to it.
It was still worth the trip, with all the country we travelled through and wonderful sights to see, I would not have missed it for the World.
I picked him up at 4:00 am. last Saturday morning and were on our way.
First leg of the trip was via Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, and over the Duffy Lake road to Lilloett.
A brief stop at Shannon Falls by the Chief to exercise the legs.
Then some pics past Squamish. I had to edit these alot because of the morning glare.
Another pit stop at Brandywine Falls. Forgot to look and see how many feet high it was and who guessed the closest to win the bottle of Brandy.
Since we seemed to be stopping at every water fall, I had never seen Nairn Falls so we hiked the kilometer and a half to take a boo!
Scenery near the Wedgemont TH I think, not sure, it might be past Pemberton.
Along the Duffy Lake road.
Some where around the Joffrey Lakes TH.
Just before Duffy Lake and Blowdown FSR.
Sorry little Whiskey Jacks, we have no food with us.
Scenery heading down to Lilloett.
Start of the second leg of the trip from Lilloett to Bradian. Getting gas and yeepee...it is only $1.14 a litre. Cheaper than Vancouver.
It is about a hundred kilometers to the next gas station in Bralorne.
Last time I was there gas was twenty-five cents a gallon in Vancouver and Bralorne was charging a buck-ten. The road at that time was all gravel and narrow.
Troy by the Water Wheel and me by the Nephrite Jade boulder.
On our way up Bridge River.
Remnants of the old hydraulic Placer Gold mine.
Terzaghi Dam. Oops...took a wrong turn and went into the tunnel.
Carpenter Lake, (Man-made sediment pond for Bralorne Gold Mine).
Hey, where's the flood?
Two hours later, dodging small rock slides and, "Hey, the road is now mostly paved", we finally reach Bralorne. No time to stop, Bradian is some where not far ahead according to the map.
Not quite what we expected, but interesting.
The Houses consist of two floors. Main floor and basement with out-houses and some even have sheds.
Interesting things around Bradian.
Scenery seen from Bradian.
This is the only house with power and phone.
We were told that the owner stays there when ever he comes up with his family.
The township is about a hundred acers, and he owns it all.
This was good but we needed a hike or adventure, so we carried on up the road and found the old Pioneer Mine.
Well that was better. Did a little more exploring.
Third and last leg of the journey. Back to Bralorne, Gold Bridge, then up toward Gun Lake to see what the Lajoie Dam looked like and then back to Lilloett. The Hurley River road was closed so we decided to take the Fraser Canyon back.
Scenery on the way down to Gold Bridge and Downton Lake.
Lajoie Dam, Downton Lake and scenery.
Hurley River meeting the out flow from Downton Lake as both flow into Carpenter Lake.
West end of Carpenter Lake.
Almost back at Lilloett. Bridge River flowing into the Fraser.
Along the Fraser between Lilloett and Lyton.
Stopped at the Ferry launch at Lyton to see if they were really on strike.
It was a interesting trip. Even though we did not hike much, driving from 4:00 am. Saturday morning and getting back at 1:30 am. Sunday morning with few stops, my legs were pretty stiff as if I did hike.
We talked to a very informative fellow riding his bike between Bradian and Bralorne and I asked him if there were any good hiking trails around there.
His reply was, "Higher up the timber is open, so just follow your nose, don't need no dam trail". Yahoo! My kind of country.