Jan 20, 2017 Trekked up to a winter wonderland with Miho today. It was a spectacular day! We literally had the entire mountain to ourselves. :)
Its very easy to get there and the trail is well marked. We took the #5 and hopped off at the Falls Lake exit 221. Take the left under the freeway and you'll come to the road on your right, which is completely snowed in. But a small parking lot was paved clear for our convenience. The roads getting there were great today however, on the #5 you get pelted with muddy water spray so ensure you have lots of windshield fluid. I went through a lot!
We started up with our snowshoes right from the car. I was glad to have them as the trail was full of post holes so, you sink down pretty far. It was like walking through a bowl of whip cream. The snow was that fresh and fluffly. You start up a snow covered road then turn right on a gradual hill for a bit. There were signs at every turn. This bit really didn't look like a trail at all. More like a service road. Be sure to look backwards on occasion as the view of the mountain range is stunning. You'll then come to a sign on your left, this is where it became really beautiful for me.
We then began weaving through the majestic forest and towering trees. It gave me the illusion that we had entered the world of Narnia. You almost expected to see a wardrobe. (you'll know what I mean if you read the book in school or watched the movie) The sun poked through a few times throughout our trek and gave a few nice peaks of the mountain views. (Nak & Yak peaks, Jim Kelley Peak and the Coquihalla Mountain.
Once nearing the top, the paved trail from perhaps a day or so ago, began to disappear and we had to rely on our gps and map. We were basically in the dark so to speak. The trail markers are far apart so be sure to have these things with you if you venture out on a day with no trail traffic.
We attempted to have a snack at the top however it became so cold!! Neither of us could manipulate our fingers well enough to eat anything. lol As we ventured down the clouds were getting pretty thick and I was little worried they might obstruct our view, but descended pretty fast.
I'm not certain if I would do this trek in the summer but I would definitely go again in the winter. Our goal today was only to the summit due to high avalanche risks. I'll have to tackle the peak another day. :)
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