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BC Hiking

Hiking Ford Mountain in March 2016

After all the surgeries and required rest,  over last 7 months, we finally decided to do a real hike and see how things work. Ford Mountain came up on the list and off we went on Saturday morning! Only problem I forgot how steep it was in a few areas.
Just a few corrections to the directions of our Ford Mountain Hike 2013! It is still 28 km from the left turn on to Chilliwack Lake Road but you won't be able to see the sigh, it is covered with yellow signs indicating channels you'll need to use to communicate. But you still need to turn left at 28.3k depending on your speedometer. Keep follow original directions except gate has been removed and you must look out for a Ford Mt sign on your left. DO NOT try to go left at that point. A number of trees came down and it is impossible to get through even if you have high clearance truck. Just park here and start your hike. A word of caution, the first steep section is extremely slippery! There's just enough snow on the ground in this are to make your descend a nightmare! Once you are higher up, the snow is deep and hard so you can use you ascend.descend technique for same hiking. Bring a good pair of shoes with good traction if you are planing to hike this in the next three or so weeks! Going up wasn't as difficult as going down!

And yes, you still need a high clearance vehicle to make it to the parking lot.

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Joffre Lakes Hike

This was the first time after living in Vancouver for so long that we went as far on Hwy 99 as Pemberton. Although it's not really that far- only a couple of hours away- we just never managed to drive in this direction past Whistler. We reserved camping at Nairn Falls Provincial Park and decided to explore the local area for good trails. Joffre Lakes came up as one of the popular hikes and it also seemed like a good, not too long hike we could do after not hiking for a while due to all kinds of reasons and injuries :). What we didn't know about this hike was a very pleasant surprise at the end of the trail!

Ford Mountain Hike

We just went to Chilliwack last weekend and by accident came across a trail sign for Ford Mountain. I heard about this trail when I was hiking to Williams Ridge but I no had idea about how long or difficult this hike was. So we decided just to give it a try and see what kind of hike it is. Unfortunately, timing was an issue and we only got to the lookout to enjoy the view of local mountains. After coming home and getting some more info about this hike, we decided to come back this weekend and go all the ay to the top. It was a beautiful and sunny Sunday and we were ready to get to the top this time!

Campbell Lake Trail, hike to lookout

We tried to hike to Campbell Lake earlier this summer but due to time shortage had to turn back shortly after the 2km marker. This time around, we started earlier since we were camping near by and with good weather and a bit of wind blowing went on to get to the top. Did we make it or did it turned to another "attempt"? Read on to find out. I can only tell you that plans don't always work out the way you plan them :).

Mt Troubridge Hike

I love Sunshine Coast! Every opportunity we get a camp on Sunshine Coast, we take it, even though it means spending most of the day getting there and back due to taking ferries. Getting to Saltery Bay Provincial Park takes two ferries and luck on a busy long weekend. Nevertheless, the trip is well worth it! Sunshine offers beautiful scenery, forests, and, of course, the ocean with some very decent beaches for swimming. And one more thing that I love about it is the hiking. Once you get to the top of your mountain, the views are spectacular- on a sunny day of course! And although we had no luck with the sun and instead a lot of fog, we still liked the hike to the top of Mt. Troubridge.

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