Hi, I just want to announce a new trail I have built. It is a connector trail between the Baden Powell (in the section starting from Horseshoe Bay going up to Eagle bluff) and the Sunset Trail on the Howe Sound. The elevation is about 500 meters throughout, within about plus minus 50 meters.
The southern trailhead is (beyond where the road ends) right at the second occurrence of a rubble uphill followed by a sharp right turn onto a flat section of the BP, marked with a tri-colored branch.
Go straight into the bush across from the tapes at the corner instead of turning right for the BP. Trail is easily found within 20 ft.
The northern trailhead is just above the 500 meter mark on Sunset trail, about half way between the blowdown and the viewpoint. Again, I marked it with a tri-colored stick.
Angle south and slightly down, you will find markers starting on the other side of a log that you have to duck under.
It is still a ROUGH trail, in places there has been no trail bed put in, and some of the creek crossings are quite interesting / impassible in winter and spring. It is fairly well flagged with pink tape: if you can't see a tape you are off course. I need a few more trips to complete things like cutting/chopping some logs and brushing some sections. I have chosen not to use any powered tools at all for this, although I confess to wishing for Dru's D9 at times. Others users can do as they wish. As well, no GPS or altimeter was used: I followed natural contours, game trails, and some luck to thread above and below numerous bluffs and obstacles along the way. There are some peak-a-boo view points, but I could not find any clear view spots along the way.
This has been a rainy day project that I started a couple of years ago. I guess I have put in a bit more than a dozen days. This past weekend I just completed my first Black Mtn loop by going from Whyte Lake parking up to TCT outhouse, up to Black peak through the trees, down BP to Yew Lake, down Sunset to this trail, across to BP again and down to Whyte Lake. Lots of variations possible, seems like a nice loop for trail runners (esp if they stay on TCT to Cypress Bowl.)
There is also a flagged connector to the Ansell Place water tower. I noticed last spring that NSR was trying to get up to some gear placed up high: probably would have been easier with this trail.
I've built this by myself other than one day of great help from my buddy Sean. Enjoy and be safe, I take no responsibility whatsoever. Cell coverage is good. The trail is probably less than 4 km long, but will take at least an hour with current conditions (not including getting to and from the trailheads.)
Sorry, no GPS mapping- I will leave that to the experts.