Attempted to access November Creek (Oct 3, 2020) by hiking up the Pollen Spur off E100.
Access by car was easy till about 500m up the Pollen Spur.
We parked the Jeep and walked thru dense Alder. And when I mean dense, I mean DENSE, this stuff was absolutely brutal. It looked like someone had attempted to clear it using a machete but they gave up only a few hundred metres in.
This was some of the thickest Alder I've ever seen and it made for a brutal and slow going trip. We were averaging only 1.5 km per hour and the brief periods of easy hiking were just that, brief, very brief. It was the stuff of nightmares and the steep slopes covered in old slash gave us no alternative but to keep following the old logging road. There was lots of bear scat and coyote footprints but we spotted neither. Views down the Mamquam River were cool and we can only imagine how enjoyable this hike must have been a few years ago when it resembled some sort of trail.
We made it to November Creek after 2 hours but ran out of time to make the ascent to November Lake which was disappointing. We simply had not anticipated the Alder to be so bad and slow us down to this extent. Add to that all the scrapes and cuts we received, it wasn't the most enjoyable hike.
November Creek was a stunning end point and a worthy destination by itself. The famous '3 log crossing' over the start of the creek was nowhere to be seen.. is this new? Has it been washed downstream?
The missing bridge along with the thick Alder would make a brutal hike to the start of the notorious Fool's Gold Route. This is a bucketlist hike I've wanted to complete for a long time but it looked like no one had been down this way for a significant amount of time. I'd love to come back and attempt the trek up to November Lake, but as suggested previously that's the easy part - the Pollen Spur is the stuff of nightmares. There are rumours this road is being reactivated but who knows. It is in really condition for the first 500m but after that it needs serious work.