Posts about: Golden Ears Park

Mount Nutt

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    Mount Nutt is in Golden Ears Provincial Park and the trail was made between 2011 and 2013 by Alan Lizee and the Ridge Meadows Outdoor Club. The first 1.6 km from the parking lot is a very gentle slope on a gravel path (East Canyon Trail), which is a good warm up. At the 1.6 km mark, you take a right turn into the forest and the vertical gain really starts – suddenly you find yourself heading up fast – well not that fast ! The trail is very well marked (can be slippery when wet). For a while, the climb follows a small creek, which drains a small lake further up.

    The lake is nice and the area around it gives you a little reprieve from the gruelling climb. Soon after leaving the lake area, the climb continues. Eventually, we reached a viewpoint (680 m), which offered a pretty good view of Alouette Lake.

    Continuing along the ridge, you are treated with about 4 more viewpoints overlooking Golden Ears, Evans Valley, Edge Peak and Alouette Lake, among others. The trail ends before the true summit. We couldn’t find a trail to the summit, but some people have done it.

    The Stats:

    Distance: 10.7 km (return)
    Low point: 160 m
    High point: 1150 m
    Elevation gain: 990 m
    Trailhead/parking: 49° 20’ 4” by  122° 27’ 24.5” (Google Map)

    The route…

    The Photos:

    Golden Ears
    Golden Ears
    End of Trail view
    End of Trail view
    Viewpoint
    Viewpoint



    Garter Snake
    Garter Snake
    Alouette Lake
    Alouette Lake
    East end of Alouette Lake
    East end of Alouette Lake
    Edge peak and Evans Valley
    Edge peak and Evans Valley

    First Viewpoint



    Forest canopy
    Forest canopy
    Inside of a burnt tree
    Inside of a burnt tree
    Lake
    Lake
    View of Alouette Lake at first viewpoint
    View of Alouette Lake at first viewpoint

    ★★★★★★★★★★★

    Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.

    Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.

    For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
    To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.

    ★★★★★★★★★★★

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      Gold Creek Falls

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        This has got to be one of the most popular hikes in Golden Ears Provincial Park. Due to its easy, flat trail, stunning views and waterfall at the end, this hike even family friendly. The hike starts at the East Canyon Parking lot and follows the Lower Falls Trail. The trail is mostly shaded by the trees and follows Gold Creek. Stop ever so often to check out the views and even go in the creek on a hot day.  At the end of the 2.6 km trail, you are treated with stunning views of Gold Creek Falls. There is also an Upper Falls, but the trail is much rougher than the Lower Falls Trail and is not recommended for family travel.

        The stats:

        Distance: 5.2 km (return)
        Time: 1-2 hours
        Low point: 160 m
        High point: 237 m
        Elevation gain: 77 m
        Parking/Trailhead: 49° 19’ 38″ by 122° 27’ 47” (Google Map)

        The route:

        The Photos:

        Gold Creek Falls
        Gold Creek Falls
        Gold Creek
        Gold Creek
        Gold Creek
        Gold Creek



        Stop along side the Creek
        Stop along side the Creek
        Sun shining over the creek
        Sun shining over the creek
        The rocks at the Lower Falls
        The rocks at the Lower Falls

        ★★★★★★★★★★★

        Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.

        Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.

        For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
        To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.

        ★★★★★★★★★★★

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          Evans Valley Snow Caves

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            Another trip back to beautiful Golden Ears Provincial Park. To find the snow caves in Evans Valley, you have to have good timing. Too early in the year, there may be too much snow (and also avalanche risks), too late and the caves are all gone. I find social media, such as Instagram is a great resource to find recent conditions – that’s what I did and with a great weekend in the forecast, I set out for the snow caves.

            The hike starts at the West Canyon trailhead. After a 2 km hike up the West Canyon, you will need to take a left turn at the Evans Valley Trail, which is not marked well. At times the trail goes through thick salmonberry, but it’s not too bad. The trail continues climbing up Evans Valley, alongside the creek. After another 1.5 km of hiking, the forest trail ends and you start hiking up the boulder field – there is no set path, just go and watch for loose boulders. You will hike up the boulder field for over 1 km and reach the head of the valley – this is the magical place – All of a sudden, we saw two huge snow caves – The first one on our right was inaccessible, but we stopped for a bit before going on. The second snow cave is up a small valley to the east. After a short climb up boulders again, we were standing beside a giant snow cave. As I walked in water was dripping like rain from the edge and ceiling of the cave, the temperature dropped like being in a refrigerator – refreshing for a hot day ! We spent some time in the cave for some photos and then proceeded down again. We meet no one else on the trail today !

            The Stats:

            Distance: 9.5 km (return)
            Time: 6 hours (lots of breaks and exploring)
            Low point: 185 m
            High point: 745 m
            Elevation gain: 560 m
            Cumulative Elevation gain: 800 m
            Trailhead: 49° 19’ 38″ by  122° 27’ 47” (Google Map)

            The route:

            The photos:

            Snow Cave 1
            Snow Cave 1
            Snow Cave 1
            Snow Cave 1
            View down valley
            View down valley



            Snow Cave 2
            Snow Cave 2
            Snow Cave 2
            Snow Cave 2
            Inside Snow Cave 2
            Inside Snow Cave 2



            Inside Snow Cave 2
            Inside Snow Cave 2
            Hiking up boulder field
            Hiking up boulder field
            A view up the boulder field
            A view up the boulder field
            Wild Blueberries
            Wild Blueberries
            A butterfly stopped to say hello
            A butterfly stopped to say hello



            Western Columbine
            Western Columbine
            Columbia Lily
            Columbia Lily
            Thick salmonberry
            Thick salmonberry
            Purple flower
            Purple flower

            ★★★★★★★★★★★

            Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.

            Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.

            For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
            To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.

            ★★★★★★★★★★★

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              Alder Flats

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                Alder Flats at Golden Ears Provincial Park is known as a resting stop prior to ascending Golden Ears peak. The views just above Alder Flats are amazing. This hike ends at a clearing about 100 m over the Alder Flats campsite. The clearing allows for amazing views of Golden Ears. This is one a many great hikes in Golden Ears Provincial Park. With the addition of the new bridge over Gold Creek, it is possible to do this hike in a loop, which is what we did today. We left cars at both East and West Canyon trailheads. We started up the Lower Falls trail (which parallels the East Canyon Trail), we then headed through a rugged trail, which is sparsely marked, but then made it up to East Canyon Trail. Shortly thereafter, we crossed the new bridge and started making some elevation gain. About an hour later we were at Alder Flats. The viewpoint above Alder Flats is a short hike a little further up.

                The stats:

                Distance: 13.4 km
                Time: 5 hours (including rests)
                Low point: 151 m
                High point: 585 m
                Elevation gain: 543 m
                Cumulative Elevation gain: 875 m
                East Canyon Trailhead: 49° 20’ 0” by  122° 27’ 26.5” (Google Map)
                West Canyon Trailhead: 49° 19’ 38.5” by  122° 27’ 46” (Google Map)

                The route…

                The photos…

                Golden Ears Peak from viewpoint over Alder Flats…
                Golden Ears Peak

                Viewpoint over Alder Flats…
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                Creek at Alder Flats…
                Creek at Alder Flats



                Gold Creek Bridge…
                Gold Creek bridge

                Gold Creek from the bridgeGold Creek from the bridge

                Gold Creek Viewpoint on West Canyon Trail…
                Gold Creek viewpoint

                Gold Creek…
                Gold Creek



                Golden Ears up close…
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                Snowfields…
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                An old sign…
                Old sign

                There are many small bridges…
                Small bridge

                ★★★★★★★★★★★

                Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.

                Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.

                For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
                To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.

                ★★★★★★★★★★★

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