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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-02-2014, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Default Diez Vistas - done!

Last week Yvonne and I found out we had the same day off. She asked if I wanted to go hiking and I was up for it. I thought we'd go to Mt. Lincoln or the HBC trail so when she suggested Diez Vistas she had no idea Diez Vistas was on my list and I had been exploring the area a few weeks before.

Wed. we left Chwk at 8:30 and arrived at the Buntzen Lake parking lot at 10:00. We parked at the north end of the parking lot and looked for our trial. First we walked along the Energy Trail and then we saw the floating bridge we knew we had to cross for Diez Vistas.

Crossed the bridge and found the TH sign in front of us.

We started up through the forest, met a trail runner, crossed the Sasamat Lake Trail and switchbacked for a bit.

In approximately 1 hr we came out at the 1st viewpoint which was very nice and well worth our effort.

About 5-10 minutes later we came to another viewpoint in which we could see the floating bridge below us (barely) that we had crossed when we begun.

We continued on through the forest passing lots of ponds and marshes.

Eventually we came to a 3rd viewpoint which was our favourite of the day. Great views of Indian Arm, Jug Island, Deep Cove and Mt. Seymour.

Continued on and enjoyed one last view of Indian Arm.

From here the trail went down into the forest and had some unique and cool looking areas and a log shaped like a heart.

We passed more ponds, crossed a log bridge and came out on a gravel path.


At this point we were beginning to question where we were and where Buntzen Lake was? 5 minutes later we came out at a road and turned right passing a tower and arriving at the north end of the lake.

We saw two trails and decided to check my printed trail information to find out which way to go. It was right again. Saw some peaks and a waterfall. Does anyone know the names of these?

The trail along the lake:

Back into the forest and crossed numerous bridges:

Beautiful scenery and then could see where we started:

The forestry road back:

At the bridge again:

15 km loop trail with a lot of variety. Time for us was 5 hrs and 20 minutes with breaks. (and an extra walk from the North end of the parking lot). Park at the south end if you're doing this hike.

Fatburger at Highstreet in Abbotsford afterwards.

Thanks Yvonne for another great hike and day out!

edit: wrote what day we went and deleted a pic.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-02-2014, 05:54 PM
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These are Swan Falls, and ridge above is called Eagle Ridge of which Mt. Beautiful and Dilly-Dally are 2 most prominent nubs. Marked network of trails (Halvor Lunden), and plenty of TRs on CT.

From north end of the lake where you turned right, option is to go left, cross bridge and north beach, then return via Buntzen Lake trail on east side. More scenic and probably faster from west side.
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 05-02-2014, 07:21 PM
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This is for the Doggie people..... Maxie

A great day out....

came across this on the trail made me laugh....
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 05-20-2014, 08:41 PM
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You got this hike well covered with your pictures, I like that first viewpoint shot. Better than what I remembered years ago.

Nicely done.

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Wow.. Definitely going on the 'to do' list..
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