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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-12-2010, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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For years I've seen Devil's Peak looming over the Seymour River but never have been inspired to try to hike to it. Recently roaming through my pictures I notice numerous photos in which Devil's Peak lurked quietly in the background.


1) Devil's peak from the Middle Needle
2 & 3) From Lynn Valley Road
4) From Second Narrows Bridge

Okay… Personally I wouldn't call it a peak. It's more of a bump or perhaps a pimple. Seymour's Pimple, halfway down the ridge from Dog.

Looking at local trail maps I wasn't able to locate any trails that extended into that area. A trip to the archives revealed a number of maps which locate old Cabins on Seymour.



1) 1989 GVWD Seymour Watershed Cabins and Trails
2) 1946 BC Forest Service
3) Mount Seymour Search and Rescue
4) 19?? GVWD Trails and Cabins
4) Mystery Forest Map scooped from Mick's Post

One of the maps indicates that at some time there were more than 150 cabins on the slopes of Seymour. Many of the cabins were with in the GVWD lands and were ultimately destroyed by GVRD staff. At that point I became obsessed so I overlayed the maps in Google Earth [download]

A few weeks ago we made the first of three hikes into the area. To my surprise the forest hides miles of unmapped corduroy road and sporadic sections of the old growth remain.



We discovered the remains of many cabins and were determined to return to explore the extensive road network.

Last Saturday we set out again to explore some more with the intension of having lunch atop Devil's Peak. More roads, more cabins and more human detritus.



Lunch with the Devil was not to happen that day.

Yesterday afternoon I'd had enough. It was dinner with the Devil or die. Okay. A bit dramatic but I was determined to get there.

I hit the trail about 4:30 and was eating dinner with the Devil by 6:30.



I was back at the car by 9:00 pm.


Corduroy Road
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Bushwhack
Proposed Route

Having now mapped some of the trails in there I would like to drop down into the Seymour river and join up with the Suicide Creek logging road.(Approx. route marked in yellow) Any takers?
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One of the maps indicates that at some time there were more than 150 cabins on the slopes of Seymour. Many of the cabins where with in the GVWD lands and were ultimately destroyed by GVRD staff. At that point I became obsessed so I overlayed the maps in Google Earth [download]
Now that is cool! Is there a special program to get the GE overlay from a jpg like that?

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Killer TR burning, amazing shots
Love that overlay in google !! how did you manage that ?

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I overlayed the maps in Google Earth [download]
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We've been in there treehunting a few times in the last two years, interesting place. The RCMP busted a big plantation in there last summer
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Image overlays can be created in the free version of Google Earth.

From the menu select Add | Image overlay

Give it a name. Enter the image URL or browse to it on your drive. Set the transparency to around 50% which will allow you to see both the overlay and the underlying Google Earth image.
Here's the hard part. Now use the image handles to stretch/shrink and rotate the image until it is correctly located. Keep in mind that not all maps are drawn with the same projection so you can't always get an accurate alignment.

Adding contours, and stream center lines from the Provincial WMS service can help a lot when trying to align images.
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You find some pretty cool stuff.
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I've been fascinated by this "peak" for quite some time. Well done finding your way there! Now I have a name for it, and a route to get there [8D]
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nice!

The terrain in there is amazing.
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The RCMP busted a big plantation in there last summer
Thanks for the reminder. I had forgotten about that. Vancouver Sun Article

I wonder where that was. []
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I always look at that peak when i'm drunk at the blackbear. It taunts me. [:I] I'm modestly saying, job well done!

It would be nice to see trails developed over that way towards seymour, wouldn't it?

Maybe mick might know of an overgrown trail there.................... that needs sprucing up?

But you said there were roadlike developments still existing? Incredible. You should upload the tracks to wikitrailthing.
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There is a rough route that branches off the Bottletop Trail and makes it's way into upper Boulder Creek, where there's a network of old skid roads
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I recognize that bridge! You must have hit Boulder Creek above the canyon (and its little surprise, which I'm sure you would have documented had you located it). There is a lot of old growth down-slope of your route, including a number of 3m+ cedars.

I'm guessing, Mick, that this is the bump that you and Doug hit last year??
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You must have hit Boulder Creek above the canyon (and its little surprise, which I'm sure you would have documented had you located it).
Do tell!
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Here's a little experiment. I've had a GPS data logger for some time now. It's not helpful to tell you where you are but it can tell you where you have been. Great if you manage to make it home. I primarily use it to geocode photos so I know where they were taken and that itself has led to me taking more photos generally to mark the location of something I have found.

Plotting all of the photos in Google Earth has given me a better understanding of the landscape and to that end I have been working on a program to generate KML files with tracks and geocode photos.



Here is the Google Earth file for these tracks. It contains many random photos [ Download ]
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Very interesting report BB. Where did the name Devil come from (it's a devil to get to)?
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