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post #31 of (permalink) Old 04-19-2020, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Strongly believe several people disregarded Davis Lake Provincial Park closures.

They should start shelling out heavy fines. People with disregard for anyone but themselves not only help spreading the virus but also cause further restrictions for majority that obey the rules
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post #32 of (permalink) Old 04-20-2020, 09:32 PM
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First post on the forum, lots of pics and bags to upload from 2019.

Cypress Falls is still open in West Van, trails are pretty quiet and itís a good place to keep the legs in shape. Cypress Bowl is closed at Chippendale to vehicular traffic with no planned openings until 5/30 or later.
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First post on the forum, lots of pics and bags to upload from 2019.

Cypress Falls is still open in West Van, trails are pretty quiet and itís a good place to keep the legs in shape. Cypress Bowl is closed at Chippendale to vehicular traffic with no planned openings until 5/30 or later.

Great update Jake, and welcome to CT. Keep it coming!
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post #34 of (permalink) Old 04-24-2020, 11:25 PM
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Seymour Mtn. is accessible from the bottom. The trick is to choose/find right entrance. The road up is closed and Old Buck trailhead is closed with lots of warning impossible to miss. However just a block away Taylor Creek entrance has only sign to keep 2m distance. People go in and out. I speculate this happens because different areas of the forest are under different jurisdictions but do not know for sure. My test was: can I hike Mt. Seymour without trespassing. The answer is: yes.
After entering the forest I went up along bicycle trail. After couple of them barreled down past me I figured it is safer to hike off-trail. I also stayed away from paved road - did not want to get caught. I've heard few cars.
At ~800m snow got too deep. I did not take snowshoes with me - did not want to flash to local folks that I go to snow-hike in closed park.
Instead of hiking up I traversed to eastern slopes. Passed cabins. Crossed the road. Entered Old Cabin trail and came down by Old Buck. At some point at the very bottom I encountered sign 'park is closed' but I was going from the in-out so it does not count I suppose.
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That's great update Andrey!
So just to clarify: If you'd show with bicycle at gate, just past shopping center, you'd not be allowed to continue?
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Bicycles do ride up the road. Cars do not (tested last Tuesday) Trails are closed. Not sure what is the logic in that.
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Bicycles do ride up the road.

But can you pass legally through the gate (will they let you through with bicycle), or you need some sort of bypass?
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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.
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Is there any talk about re-opening of BC Parks? AB Parks re-opened on May 1, and according to initial reports people are spacing out and following social distancing rules.
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At 3 PM today Premier Horgan is suppose to unveil the Provinces re-opening plan - so hopefully we will have an answer shortly.

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Most Parks will open on May 14 for DAY USE ONLY - some restrictions - looks like camping will begin on June 1 with restrictions.

Here's a link to the BC Parks website showing what will be opening:

http://bcparks.ca/covid-19/parks-affected/

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Hmm, no anticipated opening date for Cypress or Seymour parks.
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Golden Ears not opening either. Looks like they left Metro Van proximity out because it is most densely populated part of province
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Yet Alice Lake is allowed to open for day use.

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Parks that remain closed are spread throughout the province, including remote parks in the north. Thompson-Cariboo region especially has lots of closed parks, for now.
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