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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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I had done Coliseum from the demo forest as a bike and hike but was curious to see how the Lynn Headwaters approach compared. It took me two hours to reach Norvan Falls from the LSCR parking lot where I quickly had a snack then rushed up trailhead. After walking past the DO NOT ENTER signs I veered right into a wildlife camera mounted high on a tree supposedly taking count of hikers that ignored the warnings of trail closures due to dangerous levels of snow. I was curious to see what this meant after hearing snow levels were at 15% the historical average from a friend who works in the area.
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While the trail was steep it certainty wasn't as steep as the stretch to Paton lookout. Eventually the trail flattened to a low upwards gradient. I passed quite a few swamps with a nice diversity of riparian habitat. After an hour up the trail I realized Coliseum was a poor choice of warm up hike for the rest of the season. The Norvan creek section drags on a bit, but does pass a really nice pool and waterfall not far from actual Norvan Falls.

False Green Hellebore Veratrum viride super poisonous!
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Western Wild Ginger Asarum caudatum
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Long Beech Fern Phegopteris connectilis
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Deer Cabbage Fauria crista-galli which I mistook for wild ginger dominated the swamps
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Brides Bonnet Clintonia uniflora
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Western Columbine Aquilegia formosa with it's crazy cool looking flowers
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As for wildlife I had a large sooty grouse fly past me while walking the trail.

The snow started at around 1000m and only lasted the last 700m of the hike. The crampons definitely weren't necessary, but my ice ax did get me down the snowy section of the trail quickly. The snow was definitely lacking for this time of year and foreshadows future water restrictions in the city.

East Cornett Lake above the seymour resovoir
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Snowy Bonneycastle which I have been egging to bag for the last couple years.
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Overall I passed 4 other parties, one of which included two tourists sporting runners and nearly no gear who decided to press up the trail despite being warned of what lied ahead. I still prefer the demo bike and hike option over the headwaters trail. The biking section of the demo forest saves about and hour and twenty minutes of approach time. Plus Paton lookout makes the perfect snack pitt stop. From car to car the trip was 9 1/2 hours.

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Thank you DJPaters, for sharing this information with us. Looks we will have a tough year for water, the last drought plants and shrubs died for lack of water and water restrictions.

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Nice to see a report from the other side of the valley, looked pretty bare a few weeks ago for Coliseum.
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The trail camera is still there. Who is watching me, and what for?



It took me roughly 4 hrs to the summit at a slow plodding pace. I'm not fit and other people were passing me. The metro vancouver site says 10h+ return which I do not understand. Got there before noon, so I continued on to Burwell.
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I don't think 4 hrs to Coliseum is slow at all. Assuming you went from top of Lynn Valley road. Granted Metro-Van time is overblown, but they have to err on the safe side.



I've done Coliseum many times & it always took just under 5 hrs to Burwell & I am not exactly slowpoke.
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Yes, from top of LVR. Burwell took me 5 hrs.



A few groups passed me on the way up. I met them again on my way up but they were already returning. The descent from Coliseum took me about 2 hrs so 6 hours round trip. I've been pretty inactive and flabby.


I think 10 hours is super slow. In my more active days I could probably do it twice in that time.
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Does anybody know what these objects are? It obviously has a solar panel so it must need power. My first thought was weather station, but it's missing an anemometer. It's unlikely to be a radio device since there's no antenna, and it's enclosed in what looks like sheet metal. I've never seen a transmitter that looked like that. It was painted in a color to hide it.



The triple capsule is on the summit of Cathedral Mtn.
The single capsule is on a sub-peak of Mt Burwell.
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Does anybody know what these objects are? It obviously has a solar panel so it must need power. My first thought was weather station, but it's missing an anemometer. It's unlikely to be a radio device since there's no antenna, and it's enclosed in what looks like sheet metal. I've never seen a transmitter that looked like that. It was painted in a color to hide it.



The triple capsule is on the summit of Cathedral Mtn.
The single capsule is on a sub-peak of Mt Burwell.

Radio repeater sites. I believe one of these on Cathedral belongs to North Shore Rescue
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So the antenna must be inside the shack, which is made of a material transparent to radio waves (plastic?). The colours (black, green, pink...) may signify how far down the chain the repeater is.



https://forums.clubtread.com/8-briti...tn-summit.html
http://www.vhfbc.com/Mountaintop_rep..._radio_systems
https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/isb/forms/lib/FS632.pdf
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I asked Vancouver parks about the camera. They said:


"I believe this is a wildlife camera, one of a number in the park. With recent bear activity we can monitor wildlife movements at various locations."



Not sure if I buy that explanation though. If I wanted to monitor wildlife, I would put the camera in the bush, not pointed at the trail where humans go.
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