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.