Crazy Guy on Deeks Lake Access Logging Road
Just wanted to post a little blurb for those using the deactivated logging road to Deeks Lake / Howe Sound Crest Trail. Went to go up with the girlfriend to Deeks Lake yesterday for a quick hike. I always drive up the first kilometer of the logging road and park just before the big, rough hill as my car cannot make it up. Never had an issue and it saves 15 minutes round trip so its enough for me to do it.
I unfortunately ended up getting the police called on me by a solo hiker who was looking for a fight. As I am driving up, the guy is in the middle of the narrow road and doesn't turn around to look as I approach him in my dinky Chevy Cavalier. We wait a bit for him to at least turn around and move over, but instead he starts slowing down. At this point I am starting to lose traction as I am barely moving, so I give him the quietest honk of my horn to let him know we are trying to pass him. Instead of him looking back and moving over, he pulls out his phone and starts filming my car and yelling out stuff about it being a hiking trail.
So after a minute stand off, he finally walks 15 meters up the road enough so we can pull over to the place where I always park my car. I turn off the car and go walk towards him, where he announces he is on the phone with the police and yells at me to move away from him. I give him his space and politely try to tell him that we are allowed to drive this logging road and everyone who have used this area knows that cars can drive to the trailhead at 3.5 km mark to save time. At this point, some idiot starts firing his shotgun in the gravel dump below, but instead of him telling the police this, he continues to tell them about us driving on a legal, logging road.
Anyways, after this another 4x4er passes us driving down the road from the night before. Sure enough he was choked at them and still fuming as he walked away. We gave him about ten minutes of space, but eventually caught up with him on the logging road. He was still on the phone with the police, describing us and telling the police that we have a motor vehicle on the Howe Sound Crest Trail. To a police officer that doesn't know the area, I'm sure it sounded pretty bad when he put it this way. He started making his way back to the paved parking lot to meet them.
We carried on to the lake and had a great time floating in the cold water. Sure enough I got back to my car later and there was no ticket, note, or anything. I mostly wrote this to let people know that if someone has a similar situation, just politely let them know that it is permissible to drive and don't try to reason with someone out of their mind!