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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-11-2015, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Default Burke Mtn. and abit beyond. May 7,2015

Plan B had me deciding to go mess around on Burke Mountain. Parked at Harper Rd gate. wandered up the logging road for abit then decided that it was pretty boring so decided to take the the bike trail named "elevator" and then then next bike trail called "triple crown" to get back to Harper Road. Seemed more direct.



Followed the road once again to the old ski area and started off on the trail. muddy in sections, flagged well, no snow past the lakes.


The snow started on the first bump where you get a look at Coquitlam mountain and drop down towards the next bump along the ridge Followed the flagging and sporadic sections of no snow, then more snow. Snowshoes would not have been handy as it wasn't continuous enough. Made it to the end of the ridge which I guess is called Burke Mountain? not much of a mountain, just a bunch of trees and a bump.




Feeling good I decided to drop off the North ridge of Burke to the left and then back to the right aiming for Widgeon. Here I probably should have just went up Widgeon peak but decided to drop down to Or Creek. Snow conditions near the top were good but as soon as the snowline ended the terrain was horrendous. Steep! brambles, slide alder, prickles, thorns, you name it. Made it to the bottom and crossed Or creek, hit the cut block, started up Or Creek towards Coquitlam.


No snow meant I had been fighting all the miserable stuff that should have been covered in snow for the past hour. Said Fuck it turned around and hiked back upto Burke Ridge. I Didn't want to come back up all the slide alder so I found an interesting gully that took me back upto the top of Burke.



Decided to take Harper Road all the way down, near the bottom shaved off some switchbacks by using the bike trails. Trip Not worthy of a end of day beer shot.
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Trip Not worthy of a end of day beer shot.
This is fantastic sentence! Looking at your TRs over the time I've come to understanding what that beer shot at the end of the day is all about, so this just about sums it up

I still think Burke has some appeal, but it really comes after one leaves that logging road / gun club noise / etc behind. East side access via Munro / Dennet is way better in my opinion. Optimal Burke trip is perhaps 1-way traverse with descent that ends at other side of Grant Narrows (Widgeon lake trailhead), but that has plenty of logistic problems.
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Yeah Burke Mountain is way more fun as a snowshoe trip in dead winter. How were the bugs this time?

A HSCT style trail past Widgeon and Gabbro would be cool.
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Yeah Burke Mountain is way more fun as a snowshoe trip in dead winter. How were the bugs this time?

A HSCT style trail past Widgeon and Gabbro would be cool.


Bugs when I went were very very minor, no need for any spray.
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Nice shot of that canyon. Where exactly on the map was that, if you don't mind saying?
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Nice shot of that canyon. Where exactly on the map was that, if you don't mind saying?



It literally runs right off the backside of Burke MTN. NorthWest ish.
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I like the scene up there. Especially the shot of the view of Coquitlam mountain Spectrum. Have you ever been up Coquitlam? If so, have anything to say about it??..

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It's fair to say, Burke Mtn. has a very non-descript. summit. As I recall, it was just a little bump on the right hand side of the trail. There was a summit register buried in the cairn of rock. Too bad I had no pen. What makes up for the lack of summit bang is the journey getting there above the logging roads and passing through several subalpine tarns. With the changing climate, I cannot help but notice all the mountain hemlock growing in and thriving at that elevation.
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With the changing climate,
Is it the changing climate or the time since the last fire, or both? chicken and egg.
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