Hittin' the Trails
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: New Westminster
Interest: Backpacking, hiking, scrambling, mountaineering
A few updates from hikes and snowshoes over past couple of weekends (all in non-Provincial Parks and protected areas, all are open):
1) snowshoe to Rainbow Lake (last Saturday). No signs posted that I could see re COVID19 at parking lot (which was open). As usual, I start early so only encounter people on my return (one couple, three young guys postholing in running shoes and cotton socks, and one nosy female asking me if I was a local of Whistler). Snow on trail from parking lot (so snowshoes all the way); no issues crossing the last creek where the bridge is closed for the season;
2) Hope Lookout: parking lot open. One car there at 8:30 AM, a couple more by time I got down. Then did Mt Lincoln hike: only one other person encountered. No snow on trail. I was going to do a triple play that day with a hike of Spirit Caves Trail too, but a lot of cars parked there when I passed by mid-afternoon so I gave it a miss.
3) Mt Ford: one mountain biker on FSR encountered and that was it. Got 4Runner to almost the trailhead before snow dictated that I park the car.
4) Sumas Mtn from west: started at 7:30 AM (first car there) and didn't come across anyone until passed Chadsey Lake on the way down - then encountered a steady stream of people (seems no one but me likes to hike early and avoid people...)
5) Mt Agassiz via Campbell Lake/Harrison Grind trail (today): as a Friday, only encountered two couples on my way down. Minimal snow patches on bushwhack up to top of Mt Agassiz; while no view on summit, just below on the west side a nice spacious bench affording views of Bear Mtn and Cheam.