I did the hike a few weeks prior with my dad, so I wanted to try and think of a hike I could bring my mom out on. It's a rare event to be able to hike with both of them since they are in their 70's so I chose Ford Mountain. 10KM RoundTrip and 750m gain was the right amount of exercise.
The road has gotten way worse than last year, due to a waterbar that has been filled in over time. Most trucks can still make it up it but we elected to park here giving us an extra bit of hiking and exercise. If you drive to the Ford Mtn. sign post it can almost be too short of a day.
After the sign post it's still an old logging road, a Jeep with big tires actually drove to the end of the road and the start of the trail. Pretty impressive. From this point it's a well marked and well made trail. The shade in the trees was an added bonus.
High up on the ridge now, you get the odd view my mom had been leading and setting the pace for most of the trip but then eventually the old guy must have got summit fever and lead the charge.
The bugs were non-existent until we reach the top, that's just how it goes. We put on bug spray, ate our deet sandwich's took our group shot with Slesse in the background and then started heading back down. My dad never was one for spending much time on the summits, it has rubbed off on me as well.
Back on the logging road it was a scorcher in the valley, so we made the decision to drive the Chilliwack lake road and have some drinks beside the river watching kayakers do laps. It's not always about the big peaks, I"m glad I decided to do a small non glamours mountain with them, instead of going out and doing a big one without them.