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    Katrina Breukelman reviewed St. Mark's Summit Trail

    4 months ago

    Pretty views of the ocean - others may say incredible, but I favour mountain top views. :) Was a straight forward hike and while it had me sweating, I would say it was easier then I thought it would be. We were on the trail by 7:40am to avoid crowds in the long weekend Monday. We had to match our pace for our group of 5 so while it took us 1 hour 45 min up, this was at a moderate pace and included multiple breaks. Coming down the traffic was steady, but not packed. I read previous reviews that had me dreading the crowds and bugs, but it wasn’t bad, definitely space between groups, though I’m sure the mid day crowds had a hard time vying for a view as the lookout area is small. Also, bring bug spray in case, but we only noticed the bugs in the parking lot.

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Frosty Mountain

    4 months ago

    Great hike with variety and fantastic views! Our pace was slower then normal so our timing is reflected in this. 2 hr 45 min in the trees to the campsite and this was the most incline with well placed switch backs. The creek had running water and the campsite included an outhouse and bear cache! Nice little set up. We dropped our bags and continued on. Opens up to meadows and some views! Eventually you will see a stream on the right, it was a cooking hot day so we stopped to enjoy the freezing chill! Carried on, and the path turns to rocks for the remaining ascent. False summit with great views after 1.5 hours and then walk along the rocky ridge another 30 minutes to the summit to enjoy the incredible views! Soak it in but make sure you take bug spray - they were pretty bad at the camp site, along the hike and at the summit. Not unbearable for me, but everyone has different tolerance levels. No wind when we were up there, but I’ve heard it can be windy... which would help with the bugs. ;) After the campsite you are out in the sun for the remainder, so keep that in mind if it’s a hot day. One person in our group really felt the heat, slower her down and needing lots of water. We did refill at both the stream and creek - filtering the water before drinking it. We did notice pink in the snow higher up. Keep in mind the creek could dry up so don’t depend on the water, make sure you bring extra - we happened to know there was water as a friend had just been up. We stayed overnight in the camping area, enjoyed a relaxing morning before continuing our descent, ready for a swim in lighting lakes! I’d love to go back in the fall to see the larches!

    Katrina Breukelman completed Frosty Mountain

    4 months ago

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Mount MacFarlane

    over 1 year ago

    August 13-14, 2017 - after doing this one as a day hike last year I knew I wanted to come back for an overnighter! However, I've been lacking in the hikes this summer and my body sure felt the brunt of that fact. Tough hike with 30 pounds on your back. Took us 4 hours to get to Lower Pierce Lake. Quite the incline. Camping at the lake was great, we were the only ones there! Reminder to pack out your own garbage. :) The next morning we continued on. Reached Upper Pierce Lake in 1 hour and 10 minutes. This stretch is so much more enjoyable! Watch out for bees/wasps in the meadow areas though; I got stung twice. The upper lake is incredible, especially when viewed from above as you make your way up to the summit of Mount MacFarlane. We didn't summit this time as on our way up we started hearing repeated whistling. It didn't stop and as we had seen 2 people below earlier we got concerned that there was trouble. We headed back down to the upper lake... they were whistling for their dogs. :/ Reminder to only use whistles for emergencies!! This is the second time this has happened to us and it is rather frustrating. The hike down was pretty hard on my knees but still worth it! Definitely a hike to add to your list, but make sure you come prepared for a good workout! See my 2016 review for more details. :)

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Heliotrope Ridge Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Nov 15, 2016 - we arrived well prepared for anything but pulling into the trail head parking lot with no snow in sight and the rain coming down, we figured we could leave our snowshoes behind. Started in rain jackets, turned to a light snow for a few minutes and then the sun came out about halfway in and the fog disappeared! We hit snow in the last 30 minutes but hikers were sufficient and poles kept us upright when crossing the rivers and dodging icy rocks. The big river crossing was a breeze compare to when I hiked this in July. Gorgeous to see the glacier with snow all around! Took us about 1.5 hours up, same heading back down as we were a bit more cautious descending the snow section. I consider this a pretty easy hike for elevation, good one to take if you don't have time for a long day or your taking someone newer hiking (provided they are ok with the river crossing) The trail was well maintained and very easy to follow in the tree covered areas. It will be harder to see in the snowy open areas so keep this in mind! The road was in pretty good condition. My Honda Civic had no issues.

    Katrina Breukelman completed Mount Seymour Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Skyline Divide Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Aug 6-7, 2016 once you turn right onto Glacier Creek road and then take an immediate left, it's s bumpy potholed road, but totally doable for a car. I was pretty cautious with mine so it took about an hour I think to drive the 12 miles. About 15 minutes short of the trailhead a bear cub ran in front of our car… Keep that in mind when you're camping overnight and thinking that you might leave your food in your tent. ;) The trail has a good incline that an overnight pack added had me sweating pretty good. However, 50 minutes later we were already at the first camping option and since it was 9:30pm we set up our tent with the intention to go further the next day. Hiking up we got a glimpse of the sunset and a couple glimpses of the mountains and then everything went behind the clouds. The sky above cleared to show some wonderful starry displays but there was still cloud all around. We woke up at 5:30 am, clouds everywhere. Back to bed, in the morning we were still covered in clouds, our tent and the ground were drenched from the moisture. We regretfully packed up and headed down in about 25 minutes. I will definitely be back for those spectacular views, sunset, sunrise and further hiking when the forecast looks better. Reminder, there is no water source at the first camping area. I heard from others there is a lake a couple hours further. Perk, there was no bugs due to the crummy weather. My 3 stars rating is not really fair considering the weather prevented the 5 star views...

    Katrina Breukelman completed Skyline Divide Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Mount MacFarlane

    over 2 years ago

    July 25, 2016 When driving in; turn onto Chilliwack Lake Road, drive about 20 km and turn right into a parking lot for Pierce lake. Right before the bridge over Pierce Creek. Keep an eye out for it, easily missed. 25km, you've gone too far. Any car can make it as the parking lot is right off the main road. Incredible views, but it was a tough 4 1/2 hours up and about four hours down going at a steady pace. Starts in the trees with switchbacks, steep incline, opens up to some variety of rocks to climb over and creeks to cross. Great variety. Took us about 2 1/2 hours to get to lower Pierce lake. We didn't actually stop at the lake on the way up, but continued on the trail opening up into meadows with wild flowers in bloom! We climbed over more rocks from landslides and more steep inclines as we made our way up to the left side of a waterfall. At the top we crossed over the creek and found ourselves at the base of upper Pierce lake. We didn't stick around as the summit was beckoning and so as we carried on up yet another steep incline we got to enjoy some fun scramble sections. Nothing too hard. We arrived at the summit in all it's glory two hours from Lower Pierce lake. We had the perfect weather! Tank top and shorts. I'm sure it can normally be quite chilly though so bring layers. Sunshine, blue skies scattered with a few fluffy white clouds to mix things up a bit. The 360 views were fantastic as we took in golden ears, Cheam, Lady Peak, Slesse and so many more! Incredible hike! Totally worth the tough incline and doable in one long day. Though the idea of camping overnight is wonderful! (Minus the incline with a heavy pack.) Spent at least an hour up there, no one else at the summit. :) Heading back down we stopped to fill up our water bottles at the creek/waterfall running out of Upper Pierce lake… I treated my water just in case… Took almost as long going down as it's quite steep and you have to watch your step. Stopped at Lower Pierce lake for a dip in the chilly lake, so refreshing!! Enjoy!!

    Katrina Breukelman completed Mount MacFarlane

    over 2 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman saved Mount MacFarlane

    over 2 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Needle Peak Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Hiked again July 18, 2016. Gorgeous day, clear skies with a few clouds, sunshine! Hardly even windy at the top, we stay up there for an hour and even played cards! 2.5 hours up. 2 hours down. Loved it!

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Needle Peak Trail

    over 2 years ago

    July 1, 2016 - Perfect Canada Day! This hike was incredible! Loved it and will definitely do it again! Took 1.5 hours of driving from Abbotsford. The hike starts in the trees for about 45 minutes. We started out with cloudy weather. You will hit a steep incline about 10 minutes in. Switch backs for a bit and then it's just steep. Poles were quite helpful both up and down for this section. After about 45 minutes, you will be out of the denser trees and will get a bit of a look out / view. The steep section is done! Continue on the trail, more out in the open now but still trees and brush around. After awhile your path will turn into snow... Maybe depending on how warm the spring was, we followed the snow path a ways - again, poles were helpful. I would guess that this section takes 30 - 45 minutes. You reach the section where you can choose to go to the lake - more to the right - or to the peak - left. Some people had camped overnight in this area, might be more sheltered from the wind, but the snow was kicking off some chill. The trail is marked well up until this point. As we began our ascent up towards the gorgeous peak with incredible views all around us we noticed there weren't really any markers anymore. It was still easy to follow the path to the first and toughest scramble section. Packed our poles into our back packs for the remainder of the hike. We found it difficult to find the correct path at this point. Do not go to the far right side of the mountain. It may appear to be a path and a good option, but it's not! It will get sketch and steep. Go up the middle. Climb over boulders and pick your path, but stick to the middle as you climb. The boulders are not smooth, they are rough which gives you good grip, but also sharp which was hard on the hands and bare legs. Next time I will wear pants rather then capris. There will also be a tough section where have to wedge yourself in between these steep rock sections and kinda shimmy up. Don't think too much just go for it. The momentum helps, trust me. On the bright side, it's actually much easier going down! There was a group going up about the same time as us and their dog had a pretty tough time getting up and a very difficult time getting down this section!! I would not recommend taking a dog. In the end, a couple of them had to stay back just short of the summit with the dog. Once you pass this scramble section, breath easier and enjoy the incredible scenery as you make your way on to the peak. Huge boulders form a couple cave like shelters, there is a little pond. We added our layers at this point as it was getting windy and would recommend this, it's windy and chilly at the top. Then you arrive at the final ascent. Do not go to the left. Stick to the middle-right side and start climbing! It's pretty fun, working to get up and around those boulders. I am not quite 5"4 so I would imagine steep sections may not be as daunting for a taller person. Pull yourself up over the last rock and you have reached the summit! We were fortunate to have decent weather, the clouds lifted a bit, we could see all the spectacular mountains and the sun even came out for a bit!! The wind and temperature were not bad but it can get crazy windy so bring layers! We sat up at the top and just soaked it all in! Incredible, beautiful 360 views of Gods gorgeous creation! I did not want to go back down, just loved it!! Took us 2 hours and 45 minutes going up. We went at a good pace, but we also took short breaks to enjoy the views along the way. Heading down the scrambles were easier then going up, but still took cautious steps. I didn't realize how steep the section in the trees was until we were descending - poles were helpful. 2 hours down, we soaked our feet in the little creek at the trail head before heading home. What a gorgeous day!!

    Katrina Breukelman saved Frosty Mountain

    over 2 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Eaton Lake

    over 2 years ago

    June 20, 2016 - This was a nice hike, but I wouldn't rave about it being fabulous. Nice perk is that it is very accessible for any car! Highway 1 to Exit 168. Turn right onto Silver Skagit Road (Amber light?), drive about 16km down this road. Beautiful area!! There will be a sign on your left for the Eaton Creek Forest Recreation Site. I parked on the side of the road here but you can drive in a bit and park. I think these spots further in are more for people intending to camp overnight. Walk up about 200 meters and the trail starts. Wide easy trail to begin. Trail gets a bit more narrow and you will cross a sturdy bridge and then you will head away from the creek and the water fall ( trail somewhat has 2 options, go you the right, away from the falls) It got warmer as we left the water. The trail is fairly steady. I didn't find it difficult, but we were going a fairly relaxed pace as my 2 hiking friends were staying overnight so they had a heavier load then I did. About halfway though it gets steeper and heads back to be by water for most of the remainder of the hike. Note the little markers telling you when you are 2.5 km, 3.0, 3.5... At this point I think I noticed it got easier. But again in a day pack, it's not too bad. There is a point where you have to cross fallen logs going across the river. Tread carefully if the water is high. Then there is a sketch bridge with an uncertain railing, watch your step! Bouldering area gives some variety and you are just about at the lake! Took us 2 hours and 45 minutes to get up at a relaxed day pack pace, and probably a fairly normal overnight pack pace. We didn't find much exploring to do at the top, but the lake was pretty. Apparently you can fish up there, we sure saw them nibbling at the surface of the lake. Quiet trail on a Monday.

    I didn't stick around too long as I was going down solo. I might have enjoyed the whole hike more and given a more positive review if I had enjoyed the solo factor. As it was, I was pretty nervous going down alone thanks to someone planting the idea of cougars in my mind. Coming down on my own, I found the trail pretty easy to lose at the beginning, so be careful. Also, I noticed going down how steep it actually was going up! My hiking poles were helpful and prevented me from slipping a few times. It was also lightly raining on the way down so that added to the slippery factor. I set a pretty fast pace going down and ran when the steep descent allowed. I got down in 1 hour 45 minutes, with a day pack and some fear on my mind to push me. ;)

    Katrina Breukelman completed Eaton Lake

    over 2 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Zoa Peak

    almost 3 years ago

    Beautiful hike on February 8, 2016. Family day, but when we arrived there were only 3 other cars there! Beautiful hike up probably took is about 2.5 hours up; there are some points of breaking out in a good sweat but nothing over the top strenuous. Good variety of incline and flatter areas. First bit is walking on the road that is not accessible by car, then you will notice a path to your right or you head straight up on incline. Take the incline... It goes on for a ways, about 30-40 minutes? Once it breaks into a more gentle incline and wide, even path keep you eyes open for a wooden sign on your left marked Zoa Peak... Heading into the trees. Watch for orange flagging and head through here for about 40 minutes? Then the trail has variety of open areas, inclines, etc. I suggest reading a couple other reviews if you want more precise details. ;) Relaxed at the top for about an hour as we had lunch, enjoyed the views and made hot chocolate. And added layers! Around 1 hour down, relaxing and took our time as it was a gorgeous sunny day and we didn't want to leave! So warm in the sunshine I enjoyed hiking in my tank top about half the time! Make sure you bring layers though as it was cold at the top. By top I mean false summit. That is as far as we went as we heard the real summit views don't compare to the false summit views - which were spectacular! Enjoy Gods creation on dazzling display up there!
    My time frames are pretty rough, I didn't pay much attention to the time. :)
    Keep in mind there are no bathrooms.

    Katrina Breukelman completed Zoa Peak Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Elk Mountain

    almost 3 years ago

    Feb 1, 2016. It felt like a black and white world up on Elk Mountain today!! The clouds didn't break to give us a view, but the snow covered trees were beautiful! Hiked about 15 minutes before we hit snow. We put on our snowshoes after about an hour because we were slipping so crampons would have worked too. Once we got out of the trees we definitely needed snowshoes as the fresh snow covered the trail pretty good. We enjoyed the snow covered trees and white beauty despite the clouds. 2 hours up, 40 minutes down.

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Elfin Lakes (Diamondhead)

    almost 3 years ago

    Jan 1-2, 2016. We parked at the first parking lot (which was packed) because we were unsure of the roads and if we would have parking space further so that added a 2 km walk. In hind sight, we could have made it to the main parking lot in our truck as we had chains with us, but better safe then sorry. 5 hours up, of glorious views. Stopped in the hut at heather meadows for lunch. Recommend using the outhouse here as it is much preferable to the 4 at the top. The trails were very well marked and very used! Saw lots of people out coming down from an overnight or just out for a day trip. The trail was very doable, no crazy steep sections. The hut was not over full, just to capacity I think and more in tents outside. Make sure you pay in advance online, there is a ranger that comes around to check. Melting snow on the stoves was constant as that was everyone's drinking & cooking water source. One of the highlights was finding the perfect winter spot to watch the sunset over the mountains. Incredible!!

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Mt Seymour East Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman completed Mt Seymour East Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Dog Mountain

    almost 3 years ago

    Dec 28, 2015 - great snowshoe! Beautiful hike through tree'd areas, around a beautiful lake where there were several whiskey jacks happy to land in a hand offering crumbs. The snow was great as we got a fresh load yesterday. Amazing views at the top looking out to the ocean and mountains around the sides. We were on top of the clouds and the sunshine was wonderful! Recommend this hike if your looking for an easier day or taking someone along who is newer to snowshoeing. About 1.5 hours up and 1 down with a fair bit of exploring added to the mix. Went back about a week later that the trail was pretty worn and had lost its magical effect. ;) Super populated so don't expect a quiet hike. If your going over the holidays... Expect lineups!

    Katrina Breukelman completed Dog Mountain Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Upper Lodge to Artist Point Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Fantastic as per usual, though a little low on fresh snow. Sun was shining though! Explored more then in the past which was totally worth it. The main trail saw quite a few other snowshoers, but going off the beaten path was quieter. One of my favourite places to go. Nov 28, 2015

    Katrina Breukelman added Eaton lake

    about 3 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman added jade lake

    about 3 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Yellow Aster Butte Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Hiked this Oct 24, 2015. Next year I'll go a month earlier to better enjoy the fall colours! Rough road driving in and easy to miss it! The road is a small side trail off a large operations parking lot (winter snow removal?) take this bumpy side road for 4.3 miles. I drove my honda civic with no issues, just took my time with the bumps and a couple awkward run ins with oncoming traffic as the road is quite narrow. It was a great hike, starts with some switchbacks, after an hour it opens up to give you some views of the mountains around you and you start the easier portion of the hike with less incline. Walking through more meadowy areas. We didn't quite make it to the top because we got a late start. After just over 2 hours we turned around. I would imagine we had about 20-30 minutes ahead of us yet. But the last 30 minutes of our hike gave us great views of Baker, Shuksan and more! We heard from others coming down that the top was similar views to what we were seeing. Bring a windbreaker, it's chilly up there. Going down was quick as usual, about 1 hour. Bathroom - it's there, I was advised to not use it and took their word for it.

    I plan to go back next year in September and allow more time for enjoying at the top!! :)

    Katrina Breukelman completed Yellow Aster Butte Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman completed Heliotrope Ridge Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Heliotrope Ridge Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Really enjoyed this hike! July 18, 2015. Relaxed hike, not much for steep inclines though we still broke a sweat. It was enjoyable, probably took us about 2 hours up and 1 hour down. We weren't paying much attention to time since it was a short hike. the trail itself is pretty basic, the only concerns would be crossing the river. Some streams are quite simple, but the main river was a little sketchy! Wouldn't recommend kids or seniors in light of the stream. You will end up with a fantastic view of the glacier and will see many hikers with overnight packs as they will be setting up camp just a bit farther before taking on Mt Baker summit the following day!

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Rainbow Lake

    over 3 years ago

    June 15/15 Great day hike if your looking for a peaceful quieter hike. Super easy to find and very accessible. Conditions were great and the trail was well marked. Took us about 2.5 hours up to rainbow lake going at a pretty steady pace. There is incline for sure, but I think 'difficult' is a big extreme of a rating. There are quite a few level areas to catch your breath. Once you arrive at the lake - keep in mind it's Whistlers drinking water so don't go swimming! Make the trek around the lake to the far side, the view is 10 times better! If your looking to swim, hike another 20-30 minutes past the far side of the lake into another valley and enjoy a chilly swim in Madely Lake. Not as beautiful but even more peaceful! Total hike with the extra lake took us 4.5-5 hours at a steady pace. Enjoy!

    Katrina Breukelman completed Rainbow Lake Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Panorama Ridge

    over 3 years ago

    Fantastic hike! I'll have to come back and edit with details later, but hiked Aug 8/14. Perfect weather. Went to Garibaldi Lake the first day, swam in the freezing lake and stayed overnight. Day 2 to enjoyed hiking with just our day pack to Panorama Ridge. Incredible views of Black Tusk along the way! The final view when your at the top of Panorama Ridge is just incredible, its so beautiful! Hiked back to Garibaldi Lake to pick up our packs and headed back down. Unfortunately, my shoes hadn't dried over night and I got awful blisters - pretty much peeled the whole base of my feet and took months to heal, but I still say it was worth it and would do it again for sure! Will just bring my new weird blister proof socks from Australia next time!

    Katrina Breukelman completed Panorama Ridge

    over 3 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman completed Wedgemount Lake

    over 3 years ago

    Katrina Breukelman reviewed Wedgemount Lake

    over 3 years ago

    Fantastic, but a tough hike! Took us a good 4 hours of steady trekking to get up. Very steep hike, not for beginners. Totally worth the hike though! We tented up there, but it was awesome to be able to leave our bags in the hut over night. I'm glad we did when I saw animal tracks by the glacier the next morning... not sure what type of cat it was. We had perfect weather on July 6-7, 2014. According to the journal in the hut, the weekend before got hit with snow overnight, but the general camping area was clear of snow... though quite wet. Also, from reading the journal, sounds like the best chance at snow free visits are July and August. Great view up there, watching the sunset as the clouds rolled in and out. And the colour of the lake is fabulous! Coming down was quicker of course, but definitely steep.