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Posted By: photoboi
- Tue Aug 02 04:34:39 UTC 2016
UpsideNice quick workout with a couple of options. Easy access, can swim at either end afterwards, almost impossible to lose the trail. DownsideA bit boring on some levels, depending on what you're looking for- the trail itself has no particular view except for the spot just near the power lines (great place for a snack). i always enjoy any hike and always find interest in the flora and fauna of the temperate rainforest where we live but your mileage may vary.... CommentTook about 2.5 hours, pretty easy hike overall, no particularly steep sections or challenging terrain- I didn't even really need to drink any water even though it was a hot day. Could be done in good hiking sandals or trail runners; I happened to be wearing my hiking boots as it was my first time here so did not know what to expect. The only potential hazards could be some of the rocky areas- I suppose one could roll an ankle but of course that can happen anywhere. It's not like a big rock field to traverse or steep scree or anything- just a lot of rocks on a couple of trail sections. On the way back I found that little side trail that Wanderingwacky mentioned- it gives a nice change from the main trail. Coming from Sasamat, you can access it just before the trail meets the signposted road that mentions Sugar Mountain and Bedwell Bay.
Overall I would rate this on the easy end of 'moderate' for reasonably fit or experienced hikers. No mosquitos until the return trip which was around 7:00, then there were a very few near the power line area. Great to jump in the lake at White Pine after!
Posted By: West Coast hiker
- Sun Jul 15 17:24:56 UTC 2012
UpsideThis was a good moderate climb on both sides. We started at the White pine parking lot hiked to Buntzen lake and turned around and hiked back to White Pine in approxiamately 2:15 minutes return. Trails are well posted apart from a three way fork by the powerlines ( no signs) stay in the middle trail (if coming from White Pine). Buntzen side of the mountain was a much nicer and interesting terrain. We only saw two other groups on a Saturday afternoon (nice) The dip in the lake at the end was a nice reward on a hot day DownsideMosquitoes make sure you bring lots of off
Posted By: wanderingwacky
- Tue Mar 02 17:36:22 UTC 2010
UpsideBeautiful hike through the woods. Very quiet when we were there. Trails are in good condition, and I was very impressed with how little garbage was lying around. </br></br> DownsideNo real views from this trail. You have to climb higher to Punta Del Este and Diez Vista for that.</br></br> CommentAll in all, a very nice walk. Pastoral forest setting with a well-maintained but challenging trail. I found the hike up from the Buntzen side was a bit more fun, with tree roots and rocky areas to climb. The walk up from the Sasamat side is beautiful, but doesn't give the same challenge. It would be perfect for a hike from Buntzen, stop and White Pines for a dip and lunch, then hike back to your car at Buntzen *Edit: I've done this trail several times now, and I've discovered a little side trail on the Sasmat side that bypasses the most rocky and boring part of the Sasmat trail. Keep your eyes open for the trail. It's less than a km in from white pines.