This trail has a difficult rating since it takes 3 hours to get to the top and it’s on a logging road so the pitches certainly add to the workload. The trail isn't marked (yet) but it is pretty easy to see--just follow the clearing for the logging road. Your starting point depends upon your vehicle--if you can get further up the road, you'll be in the snow sooner.
The initial part of the trail isn't much to write home about, but persist and you'll get to some great views of Howe sound at about 5,000 feet. The snow gets thicker as you climb and it would be great to bring some skis or a board to come down on. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to get down; much easier than going up. The top on a clear day will give you some great views that are probably not taken advantage of often enough.
Take Highway 99 north of Vancouver and turn right at the Mamquam Forest Service Road just after the Chief parking lot. There will be a yellow gate that is open. Take that road. If you come to the traffic lights on Hwy 99 you just missed the turn, so turn around. The service road is traveled quite frequently so keep a look out. Stay on the road, as it heads northeast. At a fork in the road, turn right, going up the mountain beside a power station of some kind. There are markers along the way in miles. At the 5 mile marker turn right. The trail is the logging road as it goes up and turns sharply around a right-hand bend. Like I said, if you have 4WD, you'll start hiking it later than sooner. But still, you’ll have a good time.
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Posted By: carbonsink
- Fri Aug 28 21:53:43 UTC 2009
UpsideEasy access for people who have a 4x4 and want a wilderness experience without a super long day. But the route up is still somewhat technical (no ropes required however). DownsideDealing with the trash left by the snowmobilers. Bring a trash bag and recycle the multitudes of Kokanee cans and broken plastic snowmobile parts. CommentVisited in summer. Can drive most of the way up, easy 4x4ing. When approaching stay low and to the left (north of Alpen) to avoid rock scramble. Or go straight up onto the false summit to the north west of Alpen for an adventure on the back side. Cabin and lake at UTM NAD27 005/043. Late August *lots* of blueberries at the road.
Posted By: Chris_G_Thompson
- Fri Oct 05 02:30:32 UTC 2007
UpsideSick f****in place to go sledding. And i don't mean dog sledding. Motorized bitches. No point in goin up to ski-gonna be all tracked out by 2-stroke smoke and beer drinkers. The odd doob 2. But will agree with you that the views are spectacular. Even better when blowin off a few hundy 12 guage rounds at the look out over squamton.......REPRESENT. DownsideHaving skier's talk trash about HVSC's surrvival cabin even though they go up their and use it......donn't let us catch you...... CommentJust would like to have a sweet place to go and have a good fuckin time one day of the week....get away from reality and hit it HARD.
PEACE ......I'M OUT
Posted By: Jeff_MacDonald
- Fri Aug 24 02:42:41 UTC 2007
UpsideDrinking beer, snowmobiling and having a good time with buddies. Downsidereading shitty comments about the cabin. Commentlocals built it and locals use it, So if all your going to do is complain about it stay away and stay out of it MOUNTAIN GIRL..!!! From the boys at H.V.S.C Hidden Valley Snowmobile Club
Posted By: mountaingirl
- Tue Jan 02 00:44:01 UTC 2007
UpsideBeautiful views, easy (sorry kressland but I have to disagree.. on your difficulty rating) DownsideAlder will scratch the hell out of your vehicle CommentThe gate is not locked as of December 2006. The road was driveable to about 2000ft with a CRV with chains. There's been lots of snowmobile activity up there. Nice, easy ski trip. Skiing down was a bit tricky with all the icy snowmobile tracks. Spectacular views of the Tantalus & Garibaldi ranges and the north side of the Sky Pilot area. Cabin is gross. Lots of trash scattered around. You'd think if they could haul up all that beer it would be a relatively easy thing to haul the empties out but evidently not.
Posted By: kressland
- Tue Jan 03 22:51:29 UTC 2006
CommentThe gate that the two previous posts mention is for getting up to Sky Pilot, I think. Anyway that road is not the road that i was mentioning. The turn off for this trail is at the 6 mile mark along what is called 9 mile road. This road goes up to the back side of Garibaldi Mountain.
Posted By: mountaingirl
- Thu Jun 10 15:46:07 UTC 2004
CommentThe gate is open during the day but locked at 5:00 & on Sundays. At least this was the case in April.
Posted By: oplopanax
- Fri Mar 12 23:25:01 UTC 2004
CommentAs of two weeks ago, the gate to the second right hand turn is closed and locked (you can proably get the key). The notice on the gate says it will stay locked all winter.