A trail approx 12 kms return through mainly deciduous trees (Big Leaf Maples and Alder) in the Fraser Valley.
Has some fairly steep and slippery sections in the first 2 or so kms to the view point which has fantastic views of the Fraser Valley and Cascade Mtns to the east and south. Continue on through the forest, eventually arrive at an old logging road, go west approx 1/2 km, turn right at the fork in the road and keep going up the trail.
Because we did this late November 2011, had snow on the trail (beautiful). A few of us had Yaktrax, the others slipped and slid.
Good shoulder season hike, apparently snow free most of the winter.
Didn't quite make it to the summit due to early sunset and fear of being caught in the dark.
A good trail, good workout. Tim Hortons at Whatcom Road (exit 95) has ice cream for a treat in the summer (coffee year round of course).
Hwy #1, take the Whatcom Road exit, (Exit 95), and cross over the Highway going north. Go east after turn right at the Strip Mall on North Parallel Road. It is now Eldridge Road as it starts to bend. There will be 1 more intersection, turn right onto Atkinson Road and then cross over a bridge.
Atkinson Road changes back into North Parallel Road as it bends. Still going east ward on Parallel you will see McDermott Road. Turn left on McDermott. McDermott Road will change to Lakemont Lodge Road just before crossing over another bridge. Follow it as it turns to the right and soon you will drive beside a fence for the Gun Club on your left. Just past the end of the fence is a open pit. Park on the east side of it and the trail goes up that side of the pit.
(Eastern Approach) From the East on Highway #1 take No.3 Road exit, (Exit 104), and turn right onto No.3 Road and in a short distance turn left onto North Parallel Road going west. Follow it to No. 4 Road and turn right. Follow No. 4 Road and turn right onto Lakemont Lodge Road. It goes over a bridge, then go right heading east ward after the bridge and soon you will drive beside a fence for the Gun Club on your left. Rest is as per above.
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Posted By: LucasL
- Wed Feb 01 23:49:30 UTC 2017
UpsideNice one to do in the winter season when you are dying to go out there. A few fairly good views. DownsideNot the best hike out there. CommentWent there today was really windy. Almost turned around but pushed on. Those trees were swaying. A bit of snow in the last km but well packed. Didnt need snowshoes.
Posted By: bouncytigger22
- Wed Aug 12 12:30:12 UTC 2015
QuestionWas wondering if glen ryder trail in Abbotsford b.c is dog friendly ANSWERS are in this forum: dogs
Posted By: splashmate
- Mon Jan 06 17:23:34 UTC 2014
CommentGPS start location is 49deg04.826'N, 122deg09.633'W. This trail starts out with the most difficult part first, a series of muddy switchbacks up a steep wall with the sound of loud rifle shots and highway noise in the background. But once you reach the shelf (49deg05.191'N, 122deg09.819W) you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the Frazer valley. I suspect that many people stop here, because their description of a 1 hour time is more reasonable, and since the trail is narrower after that. But the trail remains well marked with surveyor's tape to the end. Those who end their trip here are missing the best part of this trail, leaving the difficult and noisy part behind.
The trail weaves through stands of douglas fir, birch, alder, and a healthy growth of young hemlock trees, with some patches having a surprisingly dense canopy. We had snow and ice near the top in January, with a much much colder feeling near the top. At the saddle below the main summit the trail merges with an old logging road, going north for about 250 meters, then turns west to climb the last part. Those junctions are very well marked with surveyors tape.
My dogs found ample water along the way, but none on the switchback approach.
The Taggert summit is at 49deg06.314'N, 122deg08.580'W, with a building and radio antennae equipment at the top. Surrounding the summit are a few alternate trails made for mountain bikes, though I believe there has been some debate about that use in the area. At the top there is a road for service of the communications equipment, and you have the option to extend your hike beyond to Sumas mountain. One way distance was 4.8 miles, double that for return. Our average walking pace got us up and down in a total of 4.5 hours.
Posted By: earth_artist
- Fri Sep 06 05:15:13 UTC 2013
UpsideNicely maintained and well-used trail. Easy to find and easy access off HWY #1. Took an hour up (to the lookout) and 45 down.</br></br> DownsideConstant up for an hour. Only a few areas that plateau for about 50 feet before the ascent begins again. The constant down is also very hard on the knees. Can hear the firearms below you almost all the way to the lookout, and the drone of highway traffic is noticeable.</br></br> CommentFairly easy to find and easy access off HWY #1. Two other people came up behind me and was a welcome break to say hello. Went up Sept, light drizzle heavy fog. Make sure the weather is good, as the humidity was a killer. </br></br>