Named after its constructor, Edgar Dewdney, this trail has a history dating back to 1860 and was once a vital trade route linking the Coast to the Interior. Panoramic views of valleys and mountains can be seen along the trail, which also accommodates horseback riding.
Directions: Head east on Old Hope-Princeton Way. Take Exit 177 east onto Hwy #3 toward Manning Provincial Park. Following highway signs, continue 2.5 km past Sumallo Grove Picnic Area to the Cascade Recreation Area. The trailhead is clearly marked.
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Posted By: happyhopers
- Fri Apr 19 19:37:23 UTC 2013
UpsideBeautiful lush valley with lots of pika sightings. There is a chance to do a loop by going along the Whatcom Trail through to Punchbowl Lake and then over to Paradise Valley and back along the Dewdney trail. Punchbowl lake and Snass Mountain are well worth the hike. We did the loop which was over 20k - not sure how much over - on a fall day and we were back home well before dark. DownsideI helped clear this trail in the summer of 1989 with the Environmental Youth Alliance. Since there then has been a mudslide through a section of the Dewdney. It is pretty brushy through this section too. Hopefully the Skagit Endowment Fund will send some youth in to clear it out one summer. CommentDisregard the posting date, we hiked this in early October. I hiked this for the first time after working on the trail over 20 years ago. From the Snass Creek parking area to Dry Lake, and the Whatcom section, the trail is easy to see and follow. The trail from Punchbowl over to Paradise was a little brushy but easy to follow. Paradise Valley was stunning - the campsite area was nice but we were just doing this as a day hike and hadn't planned on hauling a tent along. The decent back towards the parking area at Snass Creek (on the corner just a few km towards Princeton from Rhododendron flats) was overgrown and the slide was covering the original trail. I love the historical feeling hiking these two trails and I have never got so close to so many pikas when hiking. I am looking forward to hiking this trail again - maybe at the end of the summer instead of early October. We were surprised to see no snow on the trail but we didn't see any bugs. It started out quite dewy going through the blueberries on the Whatcom trail and we got wet. It was chilly and windy at the lake, we had our lunch in Paradise Valley at the campsite.
Posted By: jearsy
- Tue Jul 21 03:08:38 UTC 2009
UpsidePleasant hike through the heavy trees and a well defined trail and it makes for a very nice ending if you are able to start your hike from Blackwell Peak Parking Lot. DownsideNot really anything interesting to look at for a long trail. CommentThere were a lot of fallen trees along the trail that goes from Nicomen Lake all the way to Cayuse Flats. We did the best we could in trying to clear up the smaller pieces but there are upwards of 40+ trees that have come down in the winter because of the pine beetles.
Posted By: dmarr
- Thu Jan 08 21:15:29 UTC 2004
UpsideA lot of options for different hikes including a few loops. Historical interest. Downsidesees a fair amount of traffic, including horses and bikes. Fairly buggy in the meadows area at times unless there is a breeze CommentThere are a number of options for backpacking/hiking in this area. The most obvious is the loop hike up the Dewdney trail to Paradise Meadows (where there is a hiker only-ie no horses-campsite), then turning right on the Whatcom Trail to the Punchbowl(with its small lake of the same name which is the source of the Tulameen River). People camp at the pass (especially if they plan to climb Snass Mt.), after which the trail drops steeply back to its intersection with the Dewdney trail. Turn left to go back to your car. Instead of turning right at Paradise meadows you can go left and over the ridge to a small cabin on a lake, or straight ahead on the main Dewdney trail. You can take this to the Whipsaw FSR. It is also possible to head east to Hope pass, then back to Highway #3 via either the Hope Pass Trail or Nicomen Lake/Grainger Creek, then parallel #3 on the Skagit Bluffs Trail back to your car at the Cascade Rec. parking area (ie the Dewdney trailhead). This last is a bit of a trek, however.
Posted By: clymber
- Sun Sep 21 04:02:53 UTC 2003
UpsideSome nice singletrack sections through the trees. Beautiful views. DownsideVery loose/soft soil. Horse crap all over the trail. You smell like a piece of poop after the ride. There are several sections with dagnab weeds overhanging the trail. You consistently hit rocks (covered by the weeds) with your bike/shins/feet. CommentHike it, don't bike it.