Oct 22, 2016
It's shoulder season and things are slow in ClubTread land. People are eyeing snow lines and resorting to reading GVWD board meeting minutes
for fun. I wanted a good workout, but didn't feel motivated enough for a full day of postholing or bushwhacking. Jane Lakes has been on my mind for a while as I haven't been there since university days.
There is parking next to the playground at the Cheakamus Crossing (Whistler Olympic Village) development. From here, it's a long FSR walk to the lakes!
Along the way:
A couple of giant puddles on the road blocked my way a few times, but I mostly managed to bypass them. At last I reached West Jane Lake. It's nice, but a lot of effort for an only mildly interesting reward.
I had a quick look at the small westernmost lake, but the trail was a bit bushy and wet, with an elevation drop, so I decided to skip it. The route to East Jane Lake appears to be infrequently travelled. There were a few more wet obstacles along the way.
The east lake has a small but nice flat area to hang out. Some boulder hopping required.
It's 2km from the East Jane Lake to the Black Tusk Microwave Road. Considerable work has been done on this trail. I was very impressed and enjoyed being able to pick up my pace through this section. Nicely graded, with wooden bridges to cross all the creeks.
All that was left was the long walk back to the car. I left the Westside Main road to walk the nicer bike trail LSD for a while. Finished things off with a warm coffee and fresh baked goods in Function Junction.
18.8km, 750m cumulative elevation gain
(I did run about 1/2 of the route, thankfully I didn't bring my bike as the Jane Lakes connector is not really suitable)