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Hiking up Deeks/Windsor earlier this year I noticed split off HSCT leading to "Deeks Bluffs Viewpoint". I shelved it mentally for later as "shoulder season low elevation hike". Somewhat off the beaten track, here is how it pans out:


Doing bit of research before heading out, best info I could find was camshaft report on Club Tread https://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topi...rchTerms=Deeks (Thanks Cam! I still don't like Petgill though)

First order of day is to find parking and trailhead. Obeying commands from above, I parked at quite wide pull-off on east side of Sea-to-Sky, immediately before small bridge over Loggers Creek, and 150m before Deeks Creek bridge. Quite roomy, it could accommodate 10 cars maybe. It is right under big green road sign saying "Whistler 85 km, Squamish 28 km". I walked for 5 min maybe along the highway; trailhead was easy to spot right after Deeks bridge:


Within 1-2 minutes there was this sign reassuring me I was at the right place:


Is the trail rough? Not really. Similar in nature with Tunnel Bluffs trail immediately south, but with more deadfall. Very well flagged though and easy to follow. Initially a bit steep, with handline assisting up wet gully:


After this grade moderates and leads through semi-open forest with several viewpoints along the way


Trail reaches couple of -signed- junctions with "Old Deeks Trail" leading to the right; stay left and continue on bluffs trail. Last one, marked "Exit 4" is where you'll return back on main trail, if you complete the loop as described in Cam report:


It takes about an hour and ~300 vertical to get to this point. From now on Bluff trail is much more demanding. Narrow, with series of small rises and drops, with increased deadfall. Couple of big trees presented quite an obstacle; at one point I had to take my pack off and throw it on the other side, then literally crawl on all 4 under huge fallen log. This section also has couple of viewpoints of Anvil Island:


Worst part follows: Lots of dense undergrowth (you can't see your feet), which was quite wet. I was not prepared for this and soon I was soaked from waist down. There is also quite a bit of elevation loss -- close to a 100 at one point -- before arriving to something that looked like part overgrown logging road, part streambed. Finally you arrive under the main bluff, from where signs ("Switchbacks") points you up. Within 10 minutes or so you are on the top, with quite pleasing views. Nice touch was large wooden bench, that looked quite new, complete with several small logs so you can even prop your feet up! I had my lunch and soaked the sunshine drying myself off:


1. Final rise through thinning forest
2. Zoom east to snowy peaks above Deeks Lake. Think this is Deeks Peak, not sure?
3. Bench -- what a nice touch!

Coming down to junction, I hesitated. I didn't feel like going back the same way and getting soaked again. So I turned left (east) on much wider path. It descended slightly, past couple of wet/submerged parts, and within 15 minutes I arrived to HSCT, 2.8km from parking at Porteau Cove Terminus. For the loop return, you'd turn right here -- as for Deeks Lake -- and there will be sign soon after splitting off HSCT and leading down to "Exit 4" junction. As it was quite late, I decided to head down to Porteau Cove and 99 instead. Took me about 40 minutes of fast pace hike along the highway back to where I left my car (There must have been quite a few people zooming by and thinking 'who is this idiot', but I didn't care .

This is reasonably interesting trip feasible most of the year due to low elevation. Much room for further exploration. Views are acceptable, but deadfall and wet/boggy sections make it miserable on occasion. (The bluffs viewpoint can of course be reached from Porteau Cove side -- my exit path -- which will make it shorter and avoid the challenges. For full loop option recommended time is 4-5hrs; about 13 km and ~700 cumulative elevation (due to all ups and downs).
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Nice day for it! I did this one a couple of years ago, I think it may have been around the same time of year. Thanks for reminding me as I always need ideas for shoulder season hiking.
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This area got hit hard by the windstorm in Dec 06. Burnabyhiker and I took the trail from Deeks Creek later that month onroute to Windsor and came back along part of the bluff trail.

Good to see it's being used and maintained - I guess the housing project planned for the area is still on the shelf.
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This area got hit hard by the windstorm in Dec 06. Burnabyhiker and I took the trail from Deeks Creek later that month onroute to Windsor and came back along part of the bluff trail.

Good to see it's being used and maintained - I guess the housing project planned for the area is still on the shelf.
I was very impressed too. Generous flags & markers, very good footbed. It might be preferred as Deeks approach for someone who doesn't have 4WD (btw Porteau gate was locked solid, but now there is wide "road" going around)

One bluff, just before "Exit 4" had little Halvor Lunden memorabilia, who presumably initially laid down the trail
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