Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Vancouver, BC, .
Well, I guess I can't fault all those other people for being there, since I was there too. I do remember the days when it was quieter and we'd only run into a few other people, as I've done this hike many times over the years starting when I was about 10. I can't really remember if there were stairs or chains when I was a kid, but certainly not as many stairs (I think the "stairs" were just big boulders), and up until recently you could stop at one of the little waterfall pools on the way down and soak your feet (it's fenced off now).
I also remember from when I was a kid, that to get to the trailhead you had to turn off the highway and drive a ways down an undeveloped dirt road. Now it's fully paved, with large signage, a traffic circle, overflow parking, a viewpoint, and the climber's campground has been spruced up as well.
I guess it's inevitable that a cool little hike that's doable by most people with a reasonable fitness level, close to an increasingly densely populated Lower Mainland, is eventually going to become too popular for its own good.
I somehow didn't mind all the people so much yesterday; maybe because I knew what it was going to be like before setting out and my brain was prepared for a lack of solitude. But I think nowadays if you want to avoid the crowds there, you have to go mid-week in the off season.
Lots of Lululemon, and I saw a woman hobbling down in those flimsy cheap canvas sneakers you can buy at the dollar store. Another woman passed me on the way back down to the parking lot, wearing a pure white yoga outfit and pristine white shoes. I wasn't sure how she did it, as I was covered in dirt myself.