Monthly Archives: July 2012

Mt Seymour 29/07/12

Carollyne on Mt Seymour:
“Five of us headed up. The weather: disappointing – low cloud that turned into fog for most of the hike, so no views were to be seen until we were back at the parking lot. The black flies: intense!!! The view of Seymour from Vancouver: deceptive – there’s still a lot of snow up there. By the time you reach First Peak, it is solid snow except for larger rock outcrops such as the peak itself. Another hiker returning from Third Peak reported that from Second to Third is all snow. Due to the weather mostly, we decided First Peak was enough for today. The inspiring conversations and harmonious group (Nuria, Marisa, Holly and Melonie) made for a great hike however, regardless of the conditions.”

Diez Vistas 18/07/12

Carolyn S. on Diez Vistas:
“Five of us (Kim, Jenny, Melonie, Linda and I) set out to Buntzen Lake and the Diez Vistas in Port Moody on July 18. It being a Wednesday and cloudy we had the place nearly to ourselves. It was great to have Kim along as he had done this hike many times before and could direct us. Despite the clouds we had some decent views of Burrard Inlet, Deep Cove and the beginning of Indian Arm. We got in a dip at the north end beach as the sun broke through the clouds. We hiked at a leisurely pace and were back at the parking lot after 6.5 hours. It worked out really well. I encourage others who haven’t tried doing a callout yet to give it a try.”

Brunswick Lake 15/07/12

Andrew L. attempting to get to Brunswick Lake:
“Despite some last-minute bailing and a weather forecast that had turned from favourable to questionable, John and Louise joined me for an attempt at Brunswick Lake from the Porteau Cove trailhead. The logging road from the parking lot up to the trailhead was gated and locked, but a small detour around the gate has been created – if your 4WD can handle the detour, I expect it can handle the road that follows. As we ascended on foot the skies, which had been merely cloudy, grew darker and rumbles of thunder could be heard in the mountains ahead. As the rain began to fall, we found some shelter under the trees and decided to wait and see if the storm would clear as the forecast had suggested. Alas, after twenty minutes the rain merely grew harder, the skies darker, the lightning brighter and the thunder louder. We decided to turn back and almost immediately as we did so the rain increased to a torrent and the lightning struck with what I could only describe as ferocity. It seemed like the mountain was telling us to GTFO. In the end we took a quick trip to Porteau Cove and strolled along the beach before calling it a day.”

Greendrop Lake 15/07/12

Andy G. at Lindeman and Greendrop Lakes:
“Nine of us headed east to visit the turquoise waters of Lindeman and Greendrop Lakes. I’d forgotten how enjoyable this trail was and, although Greendrop Lake itself is a little anticlimactic, especially after passing Lindeman so early in the hike, I really liked the variety along the trail: some places it’s a nice footbed, others it’s boulders. The forest has numerous large trees, and the woodland flowers are beginning to bloom. The cracks of thunder as we crossed the boulder fields in the valley between the lakes added some atmosphere to the day. The trail is flooded just beyond Lindeman Lake, but getting by is straightforward over the large boulders. The creek crossings beyond the lake might be a little daunting for some right now with the high water. Further on, past the turnoff to Flora Lake, the creek takes multiple routes across the forest floor and the marked trail is impassable (unless you don’t mind wading). However, there is an obvious pink-flagged route off to the left that leads to a log crossing over a broken log. I’m not sure how much longer that will survive. Remarkably few mosquitoes – I only got half-a-dozen bites in total. Many thanks to Cara for organizing this hike.”

Saturna Island 13/07/12

Markus on Saturna Island:
“Thunder and lightning greeted us as we reached Saturna Island giving Brenda, Susanne and I a dramatic start to our trip. Fortunately, there was no rain at our campsite at Narvaez Bay as we settled in. Warm sun greeted us the next day as we made our way to East Point Park. On our way we saw plenty of deer, otters, seals, eagles and a pod of killer whales. In the evening we enjoyed a beautiful sunset after dinner and had an early night. The morning was spent relaxing in our tents as we waited out a drizzle and then made our way back to the ferry terminal for lunch at the local pub (note: they have good gluten free burgers). The ferry arrived, bringing with it the sun, and we saw yet another pod of killer whales on the way back.”

Needle Peak 06/07/12

Chris M. on Needle Peak:
“A very enjoyable night on a mountain. Susanna, Glen, Jenn joined me to sleep at 1,947 m, along the summit ridge of Needle. Though a bit hazy, the views were good and the weather warm. Snow starts after about 20 minutes along the trail. There are some rocky outcroppings along the first ridge but mostly snow covered. The summit ridge and both scrambles are completely bare. With overnight bags on, there was one awkward spot on the first scramble, but we worked together as a group and sailed through. Animals stole my liner socks during the night – we couldn’t decide whether the thieves were birds or marmots.”