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First overnight hike of the year

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by North Arm Knives, May 12, 2015.

  1. North Arm Knives

    North Arm Knives

    Jan 9, 2014
    Hannah and I got out for another little adventure last weekend. We had agreed a while ago to do something this weekend as it is her last free weekend before she moves to lillooet as a research assistant for the summer. On BC's south coast we had a very mild winter and a warm spring so far; that means most of the alpine and subalpine hikes are already snow free! Usually we have to wait until late june to do much hiking in the. On account of the lack of snow we decided to hike up to one of the mountain lakes in the Fraser valley area.

    We settled on Greendrop lake situated in chilliwack lake provincial park. It met all our requirements: not too long or strenuous (as a first longer hike of the year), long enough to get away from the crowds, beautiful scenery and of course an opportunity for some fishing!

    We had a leisurely start on Saturday morning. At noon we were parked at the trail head and ready to hike. Starting at 600 meters (1970 ft) above sea level we had 350M (1150ft) of elevation gain over 6km (3.73miles) ahead of us. As we began I couldn't help but think how lucky we were with the weather, sunny and pleasantly warm. It felt more like mid june; usually spring in our area offers few if any days like this. Rain is the norm at this time of year.

    The hike starts in dense forest made up of lodgepole pine and a few hemlocks. Immediately we were climbing quite steeply along a creek. As we gained elevation we left behind the pine forests and were soon surrounded by hemlocks with a few cedars and Douglas firs mixed in. After 45 minutes the trail levels off and the scenic lindeman lake comes into sight.

    Lindeman lake

    We continued along the shore of the lake through forest and across a couple of small boulder fields.

    view up from the shore of lindeman lake


    At the end of the lake the trail re-enters the forest and begins to climb slowly. At first we followed the creek coming down from greendrop lake and then began to climb again crossing some larger boulder fields and offering great views of the surrounding mountains.

    Water break at the lindeman inflow creek, here hannah is using a sawyer squeeze filter.


    views from the trail after lindeman lake

    A few neat lichens and mosses caught my eye


    The trees are incredible on the coast here


    As we neared greendrop lake the trail leveled off for the last kilometer (.62 miles). The trail winds through a neat loamy, mossy area before hitting the shore of the lake. I even spotted a relatively rare western trillium (the flower we named our paring knife after).

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    First views of greendrop lake 4 hours after leaving the truck. (including breaks and more than a few photo stops :rolleyes:)

    When we reached the lake we stopped for lunch before finding a place top set up camp. We had a visit from this guy

    This mossy knoll was a perfect soft place to set up the tent!


    With camp setup we relaxed by the shore for a while/ I fished while hannah read. I saw a few risers but they didn't like what I was offering, no trout for dinner this time unfortunately.


    We then boiled water over a fire for our dehydrated dinners and spent the rest of the evening by the fire.


    The moon was exceptionally bright and lit up the opposite shore. This long exposure looks almost like daytime until you see the stars


    This was the view out of the tent at 7 the next morning. I could get used to this!


    After a quick oatmeal breakfast we packed up and headed off. I had the camera out less on the return but did snap a couple quick knife shots and a self timer of both of us.


    That was our first overnight hike of the year. There will be more to come and I'll try to take a few photos on each and do a little write up if possible!
    I hope you enjoyed it and I didn't over do it on the photos!

    Last edited: May 12, 2015
  2. Bruce Culberson

    Bruce Culberson

    Feb 6, 2007
    You didn't over do the photos. Beautiful country and thanks for posting!
  3. S.Alexander


    Jul 7, 2013
    I love this province. Looks like a great trip. Kind of reminds me of a hike I did up to widgeon lake in Pitt Meadows.
  4. abbydaddy

    abbydaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 14, 2014
    It's always nice to see some good hike photos with a writeup. Those mosses were pretty darned cool looking, especially the one that looked like tiny ferns.
  5. neeman

    neeman Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 5, 2007

    glad you enjoyed yourselves

    Lovely set of photos
    thanks for sharing
  6. heefageLA

    heefageLA Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2015
    Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing your trip.

    I would love to see some places like that one day.
    The clear water and the hills.

    The biggest hills we have in Louisiana are ant hills!
  7. gun-nut15


    Jun 26, 2014
    Looks beautiful. That's the clearest lake I've ever seen.
  8. Zemapeli


    Jan 26, 2013
    Beautiful. That's a hell of a thing to do.. Seems like everyone is either too busy or too lazy to go out and enjoy nature anymore. It's nice to know someone is out enjoying it. :thumbup: Thanks for sharing. Seeing those pictures makes me reminisce a little.
  9. North Arm Knives

    North Arm Knives

    Jan 9, 2014
    thanks guys glad you enjoyed it!

    @shane: I've always wanted to get up to widgeon; I haven't quite figured out how I'm going to access the trail head though. I've heard the best way is by boat across pitt lake but I've always wondered if I could go down quarry road... How did you do it?
  10. Inazone


    Aug 27, 2012
    Good stuff right there. I just got back from a three-day adventure myself (haven't posted pics yet) but have no idea when I'll be able to do it again, so I'm already a bit jealous.
  11. jdk1


    Apr 21, 2010
    Beautiful pics again, but, no Sasquatch action or campsites littered with Molsen bottles? I beginning to question the whole "Canada" part of the story:D
  12. wolf-man-12


    Dec 24, 2007
    Great pic's and looks like a great place to be at this time of year.**
    If I could post pic's like that I would be a very happy camper.!
  13. tonym


    Mar 18, 2008
    Thanks for sharing. Beautiful country up there! One of these days I'll make it over to that side of Canada.
  14. Angus McGunnigle

    Angus McGunnigle

    Jan 1, 2013
    I am south of you a ways....green, wet, beautiful !!!
  15. S.Alexander


    Jul 7, 2013
    I took a canoe across Pitt Lake, then up Widgeon creek to the camp ground (stay left at the fork in the creek). Then You hike up the gravel road until you reach a sign that says Widgeon lake. It points straight up the mountain! From there you have to follow the orange trail markers on the trees. It is absolutely worth the trek. There was snow up there during my trip in mid-August.

    I've heard of people taking the road, but it is guarded by some guy who doesn't take kindly to hikers. I'm not too sure what he's guarding, but one can assume...
  16. North Arm Knives

    North Arm Knives

    Jan 9, 2014
    Great thanks for the info! It's definitely on my list. I've heard the same about the road...
  17. North Arm Knives

    North Arm Knives

    Jan 9, 2014
    Haha, sorry to disappoint. This is what Canada really is, at least to me ;)

    Most car campsites are actually pretty good, it's a few bad apples that ruin it for the rest. That is one of the reasons I like to hike high up away from the party crowd, they don't tend to go far from their vehicles. More chance of capturing a Sasquatch on camera up in the mountains too:D
  18. B34NS


    Dec 30, 2013
    Great shots! I've been planning a northwest trip for orgegon, washington, and idaho, but it looks like I'm going to have to stop through BC again. Keep the great posts coming!
  19. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    You made my day with those pics! Thanks!

  20. jmh33

    jmh33 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Looks like fun for all!! Thanks for taking the time to share!! Nice place ya found there!! Good luck to Hannah on her summer adventure!! John

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