This strenuous loop hike takes in part of the Skywalk North Trail on the west side of Whistler. Beautiful Screaming Cat Lake will be our main objective, but a side trip to the Valley Lookout offers views of Blackcomb Peak, Whistler Mountain, Cougar Mountain, Soo River, and Rainbow Mountain. Roundtrip distance is 15 km with an elevation gain of 1000 m. Meet in Coquitlam at 6:00 am. Return at 7:00 pm. This hike will go ahead only if the weather is favourable. Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info. and/or to register your interest.
Mt. Collins is the third-highest mountain on Bowen Island. Unlike the much higher Mt. Gardner, Collins lacks summit views (although, halfway up, there are a couple of rocky outcroppings offering partial views). Nevertheless, the Glorious Mountains guidebook gives the hike a “bang for buck” rating of 3/5, saying that the trail to the top “is a relatively undiscovered gem for runners, hikers, and peakbaggers.” The book goes on to whet the appetite with this further description: “En route you will see mature trees dappled with sunlight, many arbutus clinging to sunny bluffs, and small clearings carpeted in moss. The noises of civilization are masked by birdsong.” What more could naturalist hikers want? The out-and-back route on both road and trail is 9.6 km with an elevation gain of 350 m. After this jaunt, should we find ourselves with time on our hands, we will circle beautiful Killarney Lake, which lies between Gardner and Collins. This will add about 6 km to our distance and several tens of metres to our elevation gain. We will begin and end the day with a short ferry ride between Horseshoe Bay and Snug Cove. Please contact Mark (604. 552. 0727) for more info. and/or to register your interest.
This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (653157) and signed waiver form is required.
This hike will be in Minnekhada Regional Park in north eastern Coquitlam. This park has an abundance of wildlife and the hike will cover most of the trails. The highlight of the day will be a short but steep walk to the High Knoll where the group will be rewarded with great views of the Pitt River Valley, the TriCities, and mountains beyond. Roundtrip distance is 8 km with an elevation gain of 185 m. Meet at 1:30 pm. Return 5:00 pm.
This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (653162) and signed waiver form is required.
This hike will circle Buntzen Lake on the least difficult trail, but will still be challenging for some. It features a beautiful, lush forest, interesting outcroppings, and views. Roundtrip distance of 10 km and a cumulative elevation gain of 400 m. Meet at 9:00 am. Return 2:00 pm