Trail Updates

Please add your own feedback and trail information here. Your input is meant to provide current information on the condition of specific Burke or Widgeon trails, snow and water levels, or any other issues encountered. It may also include information about any planned hikes or trip reports relating to this specific area. The more participation in this blog, then the more updated and current this ‘Trail Update’ will be for others. Happy hiking!

57 thoughts on “Trail Updates

  1. Lyle Litzenberger

    June 07, 2017
    South Slope Trail snow line check.
    Went up CLVT, crossing Pritchett Creek. Water level was better and the crossing not a problem. Did not check out the Dry Crossing, going up Bean instead, to the South Slope Trail. The snow pockets along the South Slope Trail began just above the Upper Pritchett Creek Canyon but still OK. However, at a point almost at Sweat Team Falls, the snow was about 2-3 feet deep in places and obscuring the trail. So roughly at about 900+ m., the snow became an issue on the South Slope Trail. Upper Pritchett Canyon was really nice.
    L

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  2. Lyle Litzenberger

    June 05, 2017
    Modified version of Hike #7 – Bullet Dodger, up to Crystal Falls, then out at the top of Shaughnessy St. The trail was fine throughout but the hike on Bullet Dodger reminded me just how steep the terrain drops in places. Still no problem, if taken slow and easy.
    L

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  3. Freeman Smith

    Coquitlam Lake Viewpoint Trail,
    June 4th, 2017

    We walked the CLVT (#15) returning on the Woodland Walk (#6) yesterday, four of us and a dog, seeing 2 people on the way up and 10 on the way down. The streams along the route were easily crossed and no snow was noted. We were told by others that the upper lakes were snow free but very mushy above ~1000 m. We saw snow-mobilers who said they were heading to the south summit where there was still 15 feet of snow at ~1200 m.

    This was our first time in the Park. You really need a map to find your way around. Lyle’s Burke and Widgeon Hikers Guide was essential for this visit and we even had to backtrack once as there are so many trails, roads, bike trails at the lower levels its easy to take the wrong path and waste time. Closer to the viewpoint the trail is well marked and easy to follow. We had cell reception most the way, Google maps has the trails plotted so you can see where you are but of coarse there are no labels of any kind so you need a map; with a map and cell reception you can make your way. looks like another month for the peaks to clear.
    happy trails,
    Freeman

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  4. Lyle Litzenberger

    Updates / Status:
    Coquitlam Lake Viewpoint – Hike #14:
    As of May 28, there was no snow on the trail, all the way up to the viewpoint; only patches of snow nearby. Pritchett Creek is higher now, with the melting snowpack and the Dry Crossing of Coho is no longer “dry”. The water there was about a foot deep and about 10-12 feet across on the 28th. However, at that time, there was a small log spanning that distance so that was helpful. With Pritchett, one should be able to rock skip across with hiking boots. The Dry Crossing might necessitate removing boots and socks, and crossing that way. So bring a pair of beach sandals, or the like, and a hand-towel to dry off. The viewpoint is well worth it, though.

    Woodland Walk – Hike #6:
    Deadfall clearing has been completed and the trail is in good condition. A couple creeks that are a little higher than normal but nothing too significant.

    Lower Forest Meander – Hike #3:
    See comments, dated Oct 03, 2016, regarding Upper Galloway portion of this hike. Upper Galloway will grow back quickly w/o regular usage. A shame, as it makes for a nice walk in the forest. Anyone completing Hike #3 is asked to please update its condition. (Thanks)

    A Visit To Mt. Burke – Hike #5:
    The route included in the guide book for this hike was largely destroyed during the twinning of the power-lines in 2013. However, there is a new access to Mt. Burke from the Minnekhada side. Please see comments dated July 21, 2016 for more details. A very worthwhile day-hike, with nice views to the south and east from the two viewpoints. Again, updates will be appreciated. (Thanks)

    Burke-Widgeon Connector – Hike #26:
    This was a longer, challenging, but really great hike that provided an overland connection between Burke Mtn. and the Widgeon campground . There is, however, a portion of this trail – about 1/3 of a km. in length – that is brambled over with salmonberries and needs to be brushed out annually. It was done, for the first time in many years, back in 2010, again in 2012 and again in 2014. It hasn’t been cleared since. So, despite being a great hike, #26 is not recommended unless one is already very familiar with that specific area. The only option, for those unfamiliar with this trail, is to canoe into the Widgeon campground from the Pitt Lake boat launch. The paddle through the marshland surrounding Widgeon Creek is peaceful and scenic. Coupled with a short hike from the campground to Widgeon Falls, this makes for a great day-outing!

    L

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  5. Mehdi

    Update on Woodland Walk – Hike # 6 – – Dec., 16, 2016
    The recent heavy snow fall causing tree falls blocking the trail:
    1- About 100 ft up the trail head – Yellow gate on Garbage.
    2- Just over Bullet Dodger intersect.
    Both are seasonal and maintainable blockages and do not look like to affect the structure of the trail.

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  6. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian:
    On Monday (March 21st), BC Parks, as well as PBS volunteers, continued their efforts to improve the return trail leading back from Widgeon Falls (Hike #27). They further repaired the bridge that had had some work done on it already and made a new boardwalk on the downhill trail nearby to Widgeon Falls. Additionally, some water diversions were also created on the lower trail back from the falls.
    L

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  7. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian:
    Signs have been placed on the north side of the power-line easement, showing the continued course of the Coquitlam Lakeview Trail (CLVT) above the power-lines. Some hikers had previously reported that this continuation was difficult to follow so this is a welcomed addition. Thank you, Ian!
    Signs have also been placed on the Lower West Fork of the CLVT (the last portion of the trail leading directly to Sawblade Falls). The South Slope Trail turnoff as well as the more recent CLVT shortcut cut-off above the Dry Crossing Falls were also signed.
    The Woodland Walk’s Lower Loop had been temporarily closed due to some power-line work but same has now been re-opened. New signs have also been placed on where the Woodland Walk’s Upper Loop leaves the power-line road.

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  8. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian:
    On Sunday, November 06, two members of PBS cleared a nasty windfall on the bridge on the Upper Loop of the Woodland Walk. A few other smaller windfalls were also cleared on both the Upper and Lower Loops of the Woodland Walk.
    L

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  9. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian:
    A windfall had recently damaged a bridge along the Widgeon Falls route. On Saturday, November 05, that windfall was removed and the broken bridge temporarily repaired. Some badly needed steps were also installed in the area leading down to the Widgeon Falls itself. A work party is planned for November 13 to complete the repair of the above bridge.
    L

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  10. Lyle Litzenberger

    On September 26, BC Parks and PBS volunteers put in a new foot-bridge along the return route from Widgeon Falls. Plans are in place to do further work on that bridge on October 09, to also secure a couple of the stairs near the falls and, time available, do further pruning along the Widgeon Lake Trail.
    L

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  11. Lyle Litzenberger

    UPDATE, RE: HIKE #3 – LOWER FOREST MEANDER:
    Upper Galloway Trail has been brushed clear as well as the now-longer, connecting trail back to Frank’s Trail . Unfortunately, since the mountain bikers are no longer using Galloway nor that connecting trail, both will grow in again and ultimately be de-activated. That would be a shame because the Lower Forest Meander provides a very enjoyable walk in the woods and now, in the fall, there’s even a couple peekaboo views towards the Pitt River area. What these trails really need is footprints in order to keep them open. Hike #3 makes for a nice outing on a clear, fall day. So please consider it.
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    1. Amber

      Great to hear this about the lower forest meander, I attempted this one a few months ago… I needed a machete so I turned back…now I can attempt it again.

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  12. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian on Sept 22, 2016:
    On September 14, Ian and Jeff also cleared a few windfall from the Munro-Dennett Lake Connector trail. No work was done in the vicinity of the muddy portion of this trail as there is still a likelihood of an eventual complete re-routing around that problem area.
    L

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  13. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian on September 21, 2016:
    Subsequent to the trail work done in the area of Widgeon Falls by BC Parks and PBS volunteers on the September long weekend, two BC Parks rangers did some further pruning back of the vegetation along the lower portion of the road leading from the campground towards Widgeon Falls. In the short term, scheduled for September 26, future BC Parks/PBS efforts will be directed towards building a foot-bridge along the (return) trail leading from Widgeon Falls back to the campground.
    L

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  14. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian on Sept 06, 2016:

    On Sunday, September 04, five Pinecone-Burke Stewarts (PBS) volunteers as well as two BC Parks rangers cut back the vegetation on the road leading up from the BC Parks campsite for a length of just under a kilometre and also pruned back the Widgeon Falls (return) Trail. Two PBS volunteers stayed overnight and worked the next day on the Widgeon Lake Trail. Some trail pruning was done, but they mainly concentrated on cutting the windfall up to the point of the Widgeon Lake viewpoint (the spot where you can first see the lake).

    The Widgeon Falls trail was very busy on Sunday and about 20 people were also heading on up to Widgeon Lake for a day trip or longer (overnight). On Monday, about a dozen people (who’d probably been up there for the long weekend) were coming down from Widgeon Lake. It was probably a busy time up at the lake on this last long weekend of the summer.

    L

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  15. Connie

    We’ve done the Lower and Upper Loop trails, Woodland Falls, Sawblade Falls and Sawblade Lookout and wanted to check out the other trails that we had seen. I picked up the book a couple of weeks ago and since we did the Coquitlam Lake View Hike, took us 4 hours and worth the hike.
    Since we didn’t have a lot of time today we decided to try the Lower Meander Hike, it said in the book that you would start on the overgrown Skidder Rd then make your way down the Galloway Trail. The Galloway Trail was completely overgrown and in some areas we need to rely on the flagging to ensure that we were still on the right trail. Once we reached Franks Trail it was a much more pleasant hike. I wouldn’t recommend taking Galloway unless it was cleared a bit more. Looking forward to completing more hikes in the book.

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    1. Lyle Litzenberger

      Thanks, Connie, for those updates, particularly about Galloway’s condition. It had been pruned last fall but it grows back quickly. Will try to clear Galloway again soon and will update when completed . . .

      L

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      1. Lyle Litzenberger

        Checked out Galloway on August 26th. Some initial, quick, hand-pruning done for a couple hours, but it appears that Galloway is no longer being used by mountain bikers. Its entire course is becoming overgrown as well as that portion of the return trail connecting Galloway to Frank’s Trail. Because of its infrequent usage, Galloway would require regular, ongoing pruning with power equipment to keep it open.

        So for now, at least for the meantime, I would recommend for Hike #3 – Lower Forest Meander to go all the way down on Frank’s Trail instead. It’s beginning is well marked and prior to Galloway’s. Because of its more heavy usage, Frank’s will be a much more pleasant walk – all downhill, too. This will allow for an easier exploration of the lower slopes of Burke. Frank’s Trail comes out, lower down, at the hairpin bend on Harper Rd (near the construction). From there, one will have to do the easy walk back up along Harper Road to the hike’s starting point.
        L

  16. Lyle Litzenberger

    July 28, 2016 Update:
    From Steve: Two, more recently developed, mountain bike trails now traverse down through the area between Gunner’s Trail and the power-lines. The first one starts a very short distance east of Gunner’s west trailhead. It drops down from there in a southerly direction to the area of the first power-line tower that is located directly above the power-line viewpoint (see Hike #4). The second trail starts on Gunner’s a very short distance to the east of the first trail’s beginning. This second trail, labeled ‘McVicars’, angles to the SE, running along to the west of – and near to – Partington Creek. This bike trail comes out onto an old horse logging skid-road developed and used by Pete McVicar in the 1930s and 40s. Ultimately it comes out at the power-lines, immediately above the power-line viewpoint (see Hike #4). Both of these trails travel through stretches of nice, open forest and, when hiked together, can be done in a loop. Steve’s new map will include these two trails. (see his website for the map’s availability – the link is on this site’s ‘Buy the Book’ page). L

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  17. Lyle Litzenberger

    July 24, 2016 Update:
    From Ian: Some pruning was done on the Munro Lake Trail this date. It is in good condition. L

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  18. Lyle Litzenberger

    July 23, 2016 Update:
    Pinecone-Burke Stewarts completed improvements on Gunner’s Trail crossing of MacIntyre Creek. It is now very much improved and less treacherous. While the trail ascending/descending MacIntyre’s east bank requires hikers to take careful steps, it is still quite navigable. L

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  19. Lyle Litzenberger

    Pinecone-Burke Stewarts Update: July 16. Work has been completed on Gunners Trail and the Village Lake Trail (VLT). Some deadfall has been cut out and quite a bit of clearing of the bushes closing in on the VLT. Much improved now, with plans for a further work party on Saturday, July 23. L

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  20. Lyle Litzenberger

    Hike #5 Update:
    On Tuesday (July 19th), a rainy, wet morning, Steve Chapman, a young, very game Elaina and I followed a new route up to Mt. Burke. The old route down the power-line trail, as outlined in the book’s Hike #5, had, early on, become impassible when it was de-commissioned after the power-line construction. The new hike now starts at the Minnekhada Quarry Rd parking lot (N49 17’59.7″ W122 42’25.1″). Walk the short distance west on Quarry Rd, then north on Calgary Drive. Walk beyond the end of Calgary’s pavement, staying on the main dirt road as it traverses uphill. At one point, this road forks (N49 18’15.2″ W122 42’40.9″). Take the obvious left fork and continue for about five minutes in a westerly direction to a “T” junction with a north-south dirt road. Turn right (north) and walk uphill for another approx. five minutes to a flagged turn-off point (N49 18’21.8″ W122 42’53.2″). This is Waypoint G as outlined in Hike #5. Turn right, here, and follow the Hike # 5 directions up to the nice viewpoints on Mt. Burke. With this new, much shorter and easier access, Hike #5 can now be completed in 3-4 hours, including a picnic lunch stop at a viewpoint. Check it out as it’s a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. L

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  21. Lyle Litzenberger

    Completed Hike #15 Dennett Lake – Harper Gate Loop yesterday. The water level at Dennett Lake was a little higher than normal, so coming in from Burke Ridge – and soon after arriving at the lake’s shoreline – there was a 3 or 4-meter stretch where the normal shoreline trail was covered by several inches of water. To keep our feet dry, we were forced to bushwhack briefly to detour around that area, coming out onto the tiny inflow stream on the other side. The bushes were cut back and there’s flagging on either end of this brief detour. Coming out onto that inflow stream wasn’t a problem as it had a firm, rocky base and only an inch or two deep. The rest of the shoreline to the large boulder on Dennett’s shore was OK, albeit a bit soft.
    The book outlines that to get from that shoreline boulder to the Dennett-Munro Lake Connector trail, one has to rock-skip across an outflow creek and then through some pretty thick brush. In September, 2014, Ian had cleared a new, much better route along the top of the old dam, right along the shoreline. [See Ian’s update in this blog.] Yesterday, this new route was still in good shape and clear, although some flagging tape was added along this part of the shoreline.
    We left the lake via the Dennett Lake – VLT Connector, which starts immediately up from that large shoreline boulder, running alongside the sole large conifer (located just up from the boulder). This segment of the hike was very, very soft, although in drier areas, the footpath was usually clearly visible. Some additional flagging was added here. In places, the bushes have, indeed, closed in on the path. This trail, because of its perennial muddy condition, may, at some point in the future, be subject to review by BC Parks, once the plan for the park has been completed. So, it has been recommended that significant work not be done on this particular trail. In the interim, yesterday’s additional flagging should help.
    The Village Lake Trail was generally OK. In a couple areas, bushes were closing in a bit but the foot path was clearly visible throughout. There seemed to be a good deal of usage on the VLT, which helps. Gunner’s Trail crossing of McIntyre Creek was a bit difficult because of deadfall forcing a minor re-routing of the actual crossing. L

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  22. Lyle Litzenberger

    Subsequent to the printing of this book, a few additional trails have been forged, none significantly impacting, though, on the trails highlighted in the book. However, most recently, a bike trail has been created in the vicinity of Garbage Trail (referenced as Lower Elevator in the book). Following Garbage (Lower Elevator) up from the yellow Harper gate and soon after crossing the small creek (photo of creek on Pg 31), the new trail branches off to the left, eventually coming out onto the Lower Woodland Walk, about a hundred meters or so, up from the Woodland Walk – CLVT – Garbage (Lower Elevator) 3-way split.
    Also, below that same creek and not far from Harper gate, another short-cut has been made, coming back out on the main trail a few meters further to the south. Garbage Trail (Lower Elevator) is still open and its course is unchanged; just be aware of these two additions, though.
    L

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  23. Marika Stephenson

    Just wanted to report that we did hike #7 Coquitlam River Loop last weekend and it was lovely. No people, no dogs, just the sound of gunfire and heavy equipment which eventually died away as we got farther away. Yes, Bullet Dodger is steep! We came across a couple of expert mountain bikers navigating it (moved well out of their way) which added to our enjoyment. We also took the time to move obstacles like branches and rocks out of the path. On the lower Coquitlam River Trail past the Pritchett Creek crossing we came across another large group of mountain bikers (at the tree bridge crossing). They were very shocked to see hikers on the trail. I was surprised that there were no trail markers, and would be interested in volunteering to put some up with BMN.

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    1. Lyle Litzenberger

      Thanks for the post, Marika. Your clearing of fallen branches, etc. from the pathway is no doubt appreciated by all others using the trails. And you’re right, more signage would maybe help, above Pritchett Creek. If you follow the trail along the river valley further north – beyond the “Burke” cut-off – you’ll have a nice walk that routes you right beside the river at one point. As per the photo included in Hike #7, you’ll also be walking along the old BCER railway grade, which was originally completed way back in 1912 and 1913. In those early days, it provided an essential transportation line to the Coquitlam Dam. But mainly, it was used by Robert McNair (and later others) to haul logs from the Burke area to the mills in Port Moody. Nice remnant linking back to the days of yesteryear . . . L

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  24. Lyle Litzenberger

    Some brief updates:

    The volunteer group, Pinecone-Burke Stewarts (PBS), was created on May 29, 2015. Some 30 volunteers, working in conjunction with BC Parks, will assist in monitoring the trails in the park and, within certain parameters, will work on trails in need of maintenance.

    The return loop trail from Widgeon Falls, although never officially closed, was, until now, not recommended for use due to its deteriorated condition. This spring, BC Parks staff, along with volunteers, have made improvements to this trail, including re-routing around the most hazardous areas. Although more maintenance is required, this trail is now open again for usage.

    Some maintenance work by BC Parks and PBS has also been done on the Widgeon Lake Trail – as far up as the foot-bridge crossing of the West Fork of Widgeon Creek.

    The Woodland Walk Trail is also in very good condition. Some 50 people participated in hiking the Woodland Walk during the June 07 celebration of the 20th anniversary of Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park, hosted by BC Parks and the Burke Mountain Naturalists. A great time was had by all.

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    1. Mathew Dodds

      Did the Goat Trail at Burke AKA Munroe Lake Trail, it was I’m excellent condition all the way. Fresh bear poo about 1/3 the way up, which means our furry friends are getting lower in elevation 🙂 Thanks to all who maintain this trail.

      -MD April 8 2016

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  25. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian on October 27, 2014:
    Trail work went well today. I was on the trail with two others. We were on the trail for 9.5 hours. We mainly worked on the trail between Munro & Dennett Lakes. There was a lot of water running from the rain in the last 24 hours. We cut out the large windfall that is near the creek that you have to cross when you leave Munro Lake. It is the one that was about 3 feet high and you had to climb over it. We also cut out the log that was higher up near the waterfall. We probably cut out about 20 windfalls and cleared back the bushes. We had lunch at the Munro Lake View Point, but did not work on the muddy section at the top of the switchbacks.

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  26. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Steve on October 25, 2014:
    I was up there a few weeks ago. There were a couple of issues. The first was a mass of sticks/branches blocking the outflow of Dennett. A slight detour was necessary back along the stream because we didn’t think that natural dam was safe enough to bear weight. Continuing up towards Burke Ridge, the section of the route along the lake towards the flagging that leads you up was under about a 1-2 feet of water with no way to avoid wet feet.

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  27. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian, Re: October 18, 2014 BMN hike:
    It started out mild and no rain. There were 7 of us. Everyone got across Pritchett with a little help. It was cloudy and no views from the road above the bulldozer. Coho was a little tougher to cross, but everyone got across safe. It started to shower at Hourglass Lake. We had lunch in the trees between Hourglass and Ted Kay. The showers stopped, by the time we got to Ted Kay. We decided there was no sense in going to the summit so we came back by Twin Lakes and to the old lodge. The trail is a little overgrown and we got wet on this part. It started to clear when we got the old lodge and we got some reasonable views. We came down the road and then took Triple Crown. We got good views to the east on the Line Trail. We popped back into the trees and came down on the lower half of Six.

    It turned out to be a decent day and everyone seemed to be happy to be out.

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  28. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian, Re: Sept 05:
    The Dennett-Munro Connector was upgraded as needed. The bypass route immediately beside Dennett Lake was improved in that one no longer has to rock-step briefly along the out-flow creek but can, instead, follow along the top of the old dam running alongside the lake. (When the water level is low, one can also walk along the shoreline.) The Munro Lake Viewpoint Trail has be enhanced as has the Dennett Lake Trail running between The BRT and Dennett Lake.
    From Ian, Re; Sep 07:
    The Burke-Widgeon Connector (Hike #26) has been enhanced as needed.

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  29. Lyle Litzenberger

    More flagging was placed on the Dennett Lake – VLT Connector trail. There is some windfall near its bottom end but the trail should be easy to follow.
    L

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  30. Lyle Litzenberger

    Sept. 03, 2014: Ian advised that the last remaining, large wet/muddy portion of the Village Lake Trail (VLT) has been dealt with. This problem was located just a short distance east of the junction of the VLT and the Dennett-VLT Connector trail. Ian successfully located and flagged a drier detour route around that spot. Updated signage was added at this junction as well as at the junction of the Munro Lake Trail and the Village Lake Trail.

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  31. Steve Chapman

    The Line Trail now appears to have been decommissioned by BC Hydro. This means that is no longer possible to gain access to the rest of Burke Mountain from the Quarry Road Side via the power lines. Going up, the BC Hydro road ends at an elevation of about 320m. Coming down, it ends at 390m. The gap of 150m (70m elevation) does not look easy to cross, with a lot of thick bush and fresh slash. It appears as though there has been a deliberate effort to decommission that section as the apparent location of the old trail has been filled in with cut down trees, large boulders and branches.

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    1. Lyle Litzenberger

      For everyone’s info, that change outlined by Steve will impact Hike #5 – ‘A Visit to Mt. Burke’. It appears from the map you’re compiling, Steve, that the other hikes will not be effected, nor will the Power-line Viewpoint. Thanks Steve. L

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  32. Joe

    August 3, 2014. BRT is in good condition all the way to the North Summit. No new obstacles and dry. Flagging needs to be refreshed from the North Summit’s low view point to the high view point. A new notebook for the registry would also be great.

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  33. Lyle Litzenberger

    This update is from Clayton and from Ian, both of whom did recent trail work on Burke:
    Sandinista Trail is good.
    Gunner’s Trail is generally good, but there is one wet, muddy section along its course [probably near the headwaters of Partington Creek which is just a trickle there but perenially wet]. There was also one large blow-down near the ravine, but its branches were cleared to allow passage by it.
    The Village Lake Trail (VLT) was generally good. There is one perenial soft spot not too far from the VLT-Dennett Lake Connector junction. Some blow-down has been removed from the area of that junction, itself, exposing the trail signs.
    A lot of work has been done on the Munro Lake Trail (MLT) which, thanks to that, is in pretty good shape. Windfall has been cleared throughout and signage at the junction of the VLT and the new MLT route has been clarified. Some additional flagging and sign reinforcement may be helpful, but MLT is in much better shape.
    Hats off to both Clayton and Ian for that!
    L

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  34. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian – BMN on July 09, 2014:
    We had a good day yesterday. The CLVT is in very good shape. Someone had cut out some medium-sized windfalls on the CLVT near the top of the Saw Blade Trail. The new section of the CLVT is in great shape. Last year we cut out many windfalls from the top of the new section to the viewpoint, but this year it was clear. A little overgrown in a couple of areas, but not bad. Hourglass Lake is low right now and the bridge crossing there was good. The trail on the way down from Hourglass was in good shape. I did some snipping and cut out one small windfall there. The alders in the clear-cut [ie: on the South Slope Trail (SST) below Sweat Team Falls] were good and the trail going down through the clear-cut to the bulldozer was in good shape with no new windfalls.

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  35. Lyle Litzenberger

    The portion of the Burke Widgeon Connector route (Hike #26) is confirmed to be good from the Widgeon Saddle all the way down to the Widgeon Campground (refer to Overview #2 Map on Page 229 of book). This Connector included a large swarth of brambled-over slide chute which has always been a problem area. Now there is once again a 5-ft-wide path cut through that. Note also that one of the old overgrown logging road switchbacks has been bypassed with a better route through the forest (see Inset #2 Map on Page 232 of book). The new route runs up from WP “G” (easy water and camp spot) to a point a bit E of WP “F” (water access at the old 1990s camp) and W of where the “Deadfall” is marked on that same switchback. This #26 Hike just needs more footprints now. L
    PS: A hard lesson was recently learned in that the reception of a “Smart Phone” is not necessarily going to be the same as that of an older phone, which had previously been able to send/receive texts from several spots along the above-noted route. On this most recent trip, there was no capability at all at those locations with the newer phone (on the Telus network). Something to bear in mind . . . L

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  36. Jesse

    Last weekend I did a day hike up from Pipeline road to Munroe lake. It was an eventful hike, including wildlife sightings, and plenty of Westcoast weather. The salmon berries appear to be past their prime and the huckle berries seem to be coming into season at lower elevations. I can hardly wait for the blue berries towards the end of summer. On the way back down from the lake I seem to remember hearing a loud crack behind me and sure enough, back at the parking area a black bear crossed the road. I assume she was keeping an eye on us, as well as reminding us that humans aren’t the only locals in these woods!

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  37. Terry

    On Sunday June 8th participated in the Burke Mountain Naturalists Public Hike on the Woodland Walk visiting Saw Blade Falls. Trails are in excellent condition, creeks are running a bit low for this time of year, however Saw Blade falls did not disappoint. Various flowers now blooming,bunch berry and foxgloves to mention a few. This area on Burke remains a true hidden gem of the TriCities area for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

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  38. Terry

    Was out hiking on the Woodland walk on May 18th 2014. Trail is in very good condition, all windfalls from the past winter have been cleared . The WoodLand walk waterfall looks great and Saw Blade falls is nice and full with the spring run off. If you are looking for a nice spring hike in the Tri cities area, this is it.

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  39. Lyle

    From Ian – BMN on November 18, 2013:
    We also did hike #4 on November 11. We did it in the same direction described in the book. We had great views at the powerline cut. On the way down, we tried to stay on Six, but it is a maze of mountain bike trails that crisscross. The good thing is that they all seem to come out on the bottom part of the Line Trail. We also went over to the Woodland Walk Trail and cut out a small windfall Terry had told me about. While we were there I re-marked the faded plastic signs at the junction with the power line, at the bottom end of the new Upper Loop, and where the CLVT leaves the powerline.

    For the BMN club hike on November 16, we had 15 on the hike. It had rained very heavily overnight so I thought it was best to do #3 & #4 from the book in the opposite direction as it is better to go up a slippery trail than down one. There was one spot on the way down Frank’s Trail that I had to think about which trail to go on. If you are going down on Frank’s Trail and stay on all trails going to the left, you should be okay. There was water on the trail and even flowing down the middle of it in some areas. No problems going up Galloway. We came out on the Line Trail and walked up as far as where there is the letter “C” spray painted on a couple of trees. We entered the forest there and tried to stay on Six, but we ended up coming out on Elevator. There was fresh snow on the power lines. We had lunch at the big hollow stump where it was warmer than out on the power lines. It was socked in so we did not get any distant views. We walked back down the Line Trail.

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  40. Lyle

    From Ian – BMN on Nov 18, 2013:
    On November 11, Deanna, Terry, and I went out to check out hikes #3 & #4 from the book. We went with your described route for #3 in a clockwise direction. There are a couple of bridges that are very slippery and care needs to be taken. The Galloway Trail is no longer being used regularly by mountain bikers and will overgrow unless there is more foot traffic or some trail maintenance. We were a little unsure of where to turn off the Galloway Trail on to the connector for Frank’s Trail so you have to watch carefully for it. There is a large old-growth log that is lying parallel to the trail with a very faint path going around it’s base just as you come to it. This is the connector trail. Once you begin to climb up from the log, the connector trail becomes very visible. It goes uphill sharply to start and reaches Frank’s Trail very quickly where there are some man-made wooden jumps. The directions of staying right on all intersections going uphill on Frank’s Trail are great. It was a very pleasant hike.

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  41. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian – BMN on November 9, 2013:
    Had a great day on Burke with my friends Mike & Elaine. They have lived in Coquitlam all their lives (over 50) and never been on Burke. We left a vehicle on Quarry Road and drove up to the top of the power lines. We hiked up Sandinista. We cleared out some windfall on the Village Lake Trail and made some detours around some of the big windfall. We also increased the flagging. I feel much better about the condition of the Village Lake Trail. It could still use some more detours around the remaining wet areas. We made a side trip to Munro Lake as they had not been there before. I cut out a couple more on the Munro Lake Trail and made notches in the big ones so people can get over them easier. The good view point (ie, South Viewpoint on the Munro Lake Trail) was clouded in, but we had views through the trees from the trail on the way down.

    Also, From Mark – BMN on November 9, 2013: Burning of slash along the Hydro powerline easement has been underway on Burke.

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  42. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian – BMN on November 07, 2013:
    On Nov. 3, Frank, Jim, Roy and I completed a day-long hike on Burke. We headed up the South Slope Trail to the Burke South Summit. The snow started just above the bulldozer and was about 4 to 5 inches at the South Summit. We reinforced the trail-clearing done on the Oct 26 trip (above) so the South Slope Trail has been well-cleared now. We came back via the Dennett Lake Trail, Munro Lake Viewpoint, the Dennett-Munro Connector, and the Village Lake Trail. The Dennett Lake Trail (above Dennett Lake) could use some work and flagging. Hikers will have to watch carefully for the remaining flagging. The Dennett-Munro Connector needs some work. We had limited views at the Munro Lake Viewpoint. We bushwhacked from the viewpoint down to the top of the switchbacks on the Dennett-Munro Connector. I had walked up this area earlier this year with Mark and it is definitely a future trail because it gets one away from the often-muddy existing Dennett-Munro Connector trail. [This is a worthwhile, future project, so stay tuned.] The Munro Lake Trail was good all the way from Munro Lake to the Village Lake Trail. The Village Lake Trail still needs some windfall clearing and a little flagging but it is better than its previous condition.
    Another great day on Burke!

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  43. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian and Terry – BMN on November 07, 2013:
    Terry, Glen, and Ian completed a hike to Pika Peak on Oct 26, 2013. The South Slope Trail was found to be in good shape in the vicinity of Upper Pritchett Creek Canyon and beyond. However, there were a few windfalls in the old growth forest just above Coho Creek. These deadfalls were cleared, so the South Slope Trail is now OK in that area as well. Identification signs need to be placed – or at least adjusted – at both Hourglass and Ted Kay Lakes. The plastic directional signs just beyond Ted Kay – near the South Slope Trail-Burke Ridge Trail junction are fading and should be updated. Remember to stay to the left when hiking up the South Slope Trail along the shore of Ted Kay Lake. That will turn you naturally onto the upper portion of the Burke Ridge Trail. A short distance further along on the BRT, the Dennett Lake Trail cut-off sign is still quite visible. Continuing beyond that along the BRT, the trail was good – beyond the South Summit, all the way to the east shoulder of Pika Peak. There is no trail or flagging that currently leads to Pika Peak, but the best route to its peak is to follow the BRT along Pika’s east shoulder, to a point just beyond the head of the ravine where there is a small pond (above the ravine). You will have to bushwhack up and to the left, at that point, to make your way to Pika Peak. (Exercise caution near the peak as the cliff drop-off is sheer!) As Ian says: “The summit is great and the views are spectacular.” Altogether, this outing made for a great day!

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  44. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian – BMN on September 14, 2013:
    I worked on the Village Trail again on Friday. I concentrated on the section from the Dennett Lake Connector Trail to the Munro Lake Trail. There are a lot of medium sized trees that have come down in this section. I was able to make some routes around them and others over or under them. It is better than it was and people should be able to find their way.

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  45. Lyle Litzenberger

    From Ian – BMN on September 11, 2013:
    I spent the whole day on Gunner’s and it is now in good enough shape that people should not have to look for the trail too much. I had to change the trail in a couple of spots to get around some big windfall and worked for a while on the Macintyre Creek crossing. There are still some small trees that have come down across the trail that I didn’t cut out, but that can be done on another day as people can get around them.

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  46. kim

    Aug 25 2013 – 3 friends and I decided to hike along the Coquitlam River toward the falls then find a trail up Burke Mountain.
    We found a very steep hill with a mountain bike jump (later noted that it is either part of Bullet Dodger or is beyond that). As noted above, yes a walking stick is highly recommended. It was very dry and the top layer of the trail (rocks and soil) was very loose. We ended up at the gate on Harper Road where we saw your book cover so I looked you up!

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    1. Lyle Litzenberger

      Thanks for the update, Kim. If the trail you found joined the Coquitlam River Trail at a point below the falls, then, yes, it probably was Bullet Dodger. And yes, it really is steep in places isn’t it? The best way to hike the Bullet Dodger is by following it down to the Coquitlam River Trail (as per the book’s Hike #7). Once on the Coquitlam River Trail, if you continue north, beyond the falls, you will come to a cut-off (Coquitlam River Connector) that will allow you to climb up the west slope, ultimately to the Woodland Walk and other Burke trails. That Connector, although initially fairly steep, becomes more gradual and is not anywhere near as steep as Bullet Dodger – it makes for a much easier climb. Anyway, good to see you getting out on the trails!
      L

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  47. Lyle Litzenberger

    August 23, 2013: A couple weeks ago, I noted that there was quite a bit of blow-down on the South Slope Trail, in the area of Upper Pritchett Canyon. Also, the N-S portion of that trail, immediately below Coho Creek, was beginning to close in on the sides with brush. The trail immediately above the canyon had previously been brushed out by I.M. (BMN) and was still in good condition – other than the recent blow-down.
    So today, the blow-down was cleared away and with the remaining daylight and gasoline, a quick brush-out was done on the N-S portion below Coho Creek. No idea what condition the trail is in above Coho, so if anyone has been on it recently, an update would be great. L

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  48. Lyle Litzenberger

    July 22,2013: Hiked the Coq River Loop (Hike #7). Some comments as a result of this most recent perspective:
    – The Bullet Dodger trailhead is actually 12+ meters N of the 2nd (and more defined) of two rocky paths leading down from the right to the WW. As per the description in the book on Pg 69, Bullet Dodger is still the 2nd path leading left from the start of the WW.
    – Portions of this hike are extremely steep and walking sticks are highly recommended.
    – Just N of WP D (map on Pg 68) watch for an old RR track lying right beside the Coq River Trail at WP N491852 W1224602. This is part of the old Coq Dam to Pt Moody railway, completed in March, 1913.
    – WP F on map (the WW-Coq River Connector Junction) is adjacent to the first tower west of the bailey bridge and about 150 meters past a short spur that runs from the main easement road (WW) towards the center of the easement (remember, once construction is completed, this tower will become part of the SOUTH line of TWO power lines). A yellow sign pointing the route of the Coq River Connector is now nailed to a stump immediately adjacent to this junction. Waypoint coordinates taken this date are: N491937 W1224511, very similar those of WP F in the WP Chart, Pg 66.
    – Re: the WW Upper Loop’s new trailhead (as per Hike #6’s WP Chart on Pg 58, my own recorded WP on this date was somewhat different from a latitude perspective: N491936.5 W1224505.3 There is a need to record this recently changed waypoint a couple more times to obtain a better average.
    – The bottom junction of Lower Sawblade with the WW is now located at: N491934 W1224501. The power line construction has impacted the ending of Lower Sawblade, causing users to primarily take the west-fork-ending of the trail, rather than the east-fork-ending as outlined in the book. This means that relevant to Hike #14 and specifically the last three lines of Pg 114, you will want to turn right at the “T” junction, rather than left as described. This will likely already be obvious as the route taken by most trail users.
    – The bottom of Nescafe can be followed with no problem right down to its junction with the WW on the W/S of the bailey bridge.
    – There doesn’t yet seem to be a defined route through which Lower Vics navigates the power line construction carnage. Users of Lower Vics will have to make their own way down for the last few meters to the WW, coming out just E of the bailey bridge. However, the WW (a road at that point) will be easily visible from the point where the construction starts to impact Lower Vics. This also underscores the need to hike all the effected hikes in a counter-clockwise direction, as per the recommendations in the book.
    – Overall, Hike #7 is a good one, but very steep. It is not a wise choice when wet as the footing can be treacherous then.
    L

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