DIRECTIONS: From Vancouver: Take Hwy #1 heading east. Drive 160Km. Take exit 171 which continues along Hwy #1. Drive 45Km north passing Yale and Spuzzum. You will also go through several tunnels. When you cross Fraser River via Alexandra bridge, zero your odometer. Alexandra Lodge is located about 1.8Km after the bridge. Drive for another 0.5Km to the pullover on the right side (2.3Km from the bridge). The trailhead is on the north side of the parking lot.create
SUMMARY: The trail's other name is Tikwalus Heritage Trail. The Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) First Nation has traveled this trail through the Fraser Canyon for thousands of years. It was used for hunting, trapping, plant gathering, and as a safe travel route that bypassed the sheer canyon walls at Hell’s Gate. Dramatic evidence of First Nations’ traditional use can still be seen along the trail today.create
First Brigade Trail
Apr 9, 2017
It was a little bit of a sombre start to the hike after hearing about the events of the previous day on Mount Harvey. We planned on choosing a hike with a relatively low elevation to try to avoid the snow so decided on the First Brigade Trail aka Tikwalus Heritage Trail. Was a little rainy on the drive up but weather cleared nicely as we got to the trail head and as we progressed on the hike. Trail was great up until about 3 km in and 650-700 m elevation when trail started to be covered in large patches of snow. I guess we should have known when we had just hiked the Stein 2 weeks ago and have not had very warm weather. Wasn't too bad while in the forest, and the snow was relatively supportive, but, once we hit the open slopes in the burn area, there was some pretty epic post-holing up to the thighs. After much sweating and grunting through the snow, we decided to make a short loop of the trail as we could see the lower ridge where the return trail went. Checked out the GPS and saw there was a creek between a couple of the lakes down in the valley between and we managed to cross without getting falling in, so that was a bonus. Beautiful day but a little too much snow for our liking at this point. Would recommend snowshoes at this point if you are going to try it, but you'll probably still break through. I added a pic of our loop (in pink) and the full loop (in red).