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Started on a rainy day, 830 ish am. Towards Flora, uphill to get the grind and elevation done first. Its over 4000 ft of gain, not counting if you are going to the peak. It helped that we had hydration salts as I did start to severely cramp in my legs by the time we got to the top. Hydration salts helped. I wouldnt have made it without. The top, the junction between the trail and peak is beautiful and it has some of the most beautiful and best tasting wild blueberries. Definitely a treat. Surprisingly, Flora towards the peak, it hd LTE coverage. Everywhere else we relied on a Satellite Messenger/Tracker. After that, its a descent of about 1500-2000 ft towards Flora lake. Flora was disappointing, so we had lunch and marched on towards the greendrop/lindeman junction. At the bottom of Flora, we met two hikers, who just went to Flora and were coming back, they stated Flora to Greendrop wasnt accesible. We were discouraged by that, as well as torrential rain that started. Given my cramps and issues with elevation, after examining the map closer, the trail from Flora to Greendrop, to Lindeman to the parking lot, was mostly downhill, flat with minimal elevation. We decided to march on, as I perhaps wouldnt be able to make it back up to Flora peak to go back where we came from. If we continued to Greendrop, the concern were the blouder fields in the rain and overgrown trails, lack of markers.
we took a chance as it was 2 pm (6 hrs since we started) after lunch, and we still had 6 miles to go, but much less elevation.
So, rain gear is a must, if not for the rain, for the wet trees, bushes, shrubs etc. lots of mud, creeks. The boulders were ok, some slippery spots, but good shoes and hiking poles (1 pole, 1 hand) helped navigate. Ankle high boots a must to protect feet in the boulders.

Follow the pink markers on the boulders and the little stone stacks that others left to help you find your way accross.

Carefull on the switchbacks as they are narrow, loose ground and loose rock. easy to slip and fall.

It is well marked from flora to greendrop, but overgrown. The greendrop/lindeman junction is down and accross the creek at the bottom of the trail. Greendrop is very close and worth it.

There are new section of the trail btwn greendrop and lindema that didnt line up with the gps and we had a spot where we couldn't find the markers as the trail now switched back to the other side of the creek (west I think) to go up to lindeman. There is a post with a sign and km markers.

The good thing is that, there are a few new cedar bridges, walkway and new sections of trail that make it easier than in the past.

Once you see Lindeman, its 1 more boulder field, and 2 km from center of the lake towards parking. Still a downward hike, carefully as that last section, tired, can be dangerous. Follow the markers and sound of the waterfall.
These 2 k seemed the longest, but once you reach the flat wide trail, its a slight uphill to the parking lot.

I heard cars get broken into overnight, batteries stolen etc. So keep in mind.

on Lady Peak Trail

2 months ago

Be prepared to scramble to reach the summit!

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3 months ago

Great hike up to Lady peak this Sunday, it was a hazy day but was still absolutely beautiful. The trail to cheam was absolutely packed for the long weekend, over 100 people probably summited Cheam yesterday, but I only saw one other party on the path up to Lady! The trail was well marked throughout and the scrambling was easy with plenty of good handholds and very little exposure. Can't recommend this enough. The trail isn't too long, my GPS track clocked in at about 7k and it took me 3 hours and a half going at a moderate pace taking plenty of time to enjoy the view.

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3 months ago

This is a beautiful hike. The views up in the Alpine are great and would have been much better if it wasn't for all the smoke and haze from all the wildfires.

We started our hike 4km away from the trailhead right by the bridge over Foley Creek where it turns on to airplane creek road, if you have a 4x4 you could get to the trailhead and save yourself an hour of hiking either way though.

The trail starts with about 45 minutes of hiking through an overgrown old road, luckily it's just overgrown with alders, grass and bushes, no stinging nettle or devil's club to pick your way through. After about 45 minutes you'll start heading down through the forest and you'll reach airplane Creek shortly after, it's a great place to fill your water bottles, you'll need it for the next part.

Shortly after Airplane Creek the steep section starts, and it's pretty steep. 50% grade in sections and you'll be going up it pretty much until you reach the Alpine meadows. If you have trekking poles definitely bring them for their hike, they'll really help for this section, especially going down.

After you're done with the steep part you'll enter the meadows and shortly after this is where the routefinding starts. Strangely enough the guide for this hike mentioned that there was not really any places to refill your water on this hike, but we came across 3 streams large enough to refill our bottles in the Alpine alone, I guess we just ended up taking a different route. Still probably not a bad idea to bring at least 3 litres for this hike.

We picked our way up Knight through the talus and finally made it to the peak at about 1:30, 5 and a half hours after we started the hike 11km below. The smoke to the north was thick as a cloud and to the south we could just barely make our Baker and Shukston through the haze. It’s certainly a beautiful hike and if you don’t mind a steep trail i’d definitely recommend it.

August 16th 2018
The summer wildfires had the sky full of smoke so we decided to head to somewhere where the views of things more than a couple kilometers away weren't the main attraction. Decided on Williamson lake.

The trailhead for Williamson lake is about 4 kilometers into a 4 wheel drive only logging road just north of Foley lake, if you don't have a 4wd you can find somewhere to park near Foley and simply walk the extra distance, which is what we ended up doing.

After an hour of road walking we finally reached the trailhead, you'll start your hike in a rather bushy sort of valley and work your way up the side of it for three or four kilometers before you reach the lake. The trail is uphill the whole way, and while it can be steep in segments (notably near the end) for the most part it hangs roughly around 10-15% grade. The alpine flowers are really blooming around now and there was no shortage of colour on this hike.

The lake itself is small but rather nice, apparently there used to be a BCMC cabin up there before it was swept away by an avalanche. If you go down to where the lake drains you'll be treated to some beautiful small waterfalls too.

All in all it was a pretty good hike, definitely a good one for smoky days like today

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3 months ago

This is a steep trail which is relentless. There are 3 sections where ropes are in place to help not only the accent but to ensure on the return you dont go sliding down the terrain. Most of the trail in this section is in trees until the lookout.

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4 months ago

Very steep, but rewarding hike. AS the name suggests this is a trail straight up a prominent ridge. Allow for more time to reach the true peak (still another hour more than this route). Great views of Chilliwack, Lindeman and Greendrop Lakes. Some minor scrabbling involved

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4 months ago

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Sunday, June 11, 2017