High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Smurf Village, BC, Canada.
Interest: hiking, exploring, reading, random shiny things
Oct 29, 2017
I checked out the new trail to Demon Peak, via the Watersprite Lake Trail. The turnoff from the Watersprite trail is clearly marked and trail continues up the old road. There is more alder here, but it has been cleared enough so that travel is easy.
Eventually, the old FSR opens up and suddenly there's no alder, just a high quality road. Craziness. I walked right past the cairn identifying the trail where it leaves the road for the ridge, so I ended up bushwhacking for 100m vertical where I met tracks from a previous party. Following a combination of human, dog, and bear paws, I enjoyed the remainder of the route to the high point of Demon Ridge. Great views of Dreadnought, Mamquam, and Martin/Gibson/Epiphone, but sadly trees block the view down to the lake, despite the summit being directly above.
There is full cell reception up top (but not at the parking area and lower portion of trail). I found the flagging and returned via the new trail. One difficulty is found where 3 large fallen trees need to be crossed on a steep slope. I'd suggest contouring climber's right to avoid this portion of route, but overall it's a great route.