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West Rampart Viewpoint

 

Today I hiked up to the East Bastion Trail on Eagle Mountain to see the West Rampart Viewpoint and White Rock Viewpoint. We started from the Hickory Drive Reservoir in Port Moody and proceeded up the myriad of hiking/biking trails. I suggest using GPS to do this route or you’ll find yourself going in all different directions.  Here is the GPX file. You must right click it and save link as – once downloaded, change the extension from .jpg to .gpx.  You can then use the gpx file with your gps device or with Google Earth.

Today’s  Stats:

Distance: 14.6 km (return)
Low point: 324 m
High point: 977 m
Elevation gain: 653 m
Cumulative Elevation gain: 860 m
Trailhead: 49° 18’ 25” by  122° 49’ 58” (Google Map)

Today’s route:

Here are some route details…

route

The view of Coquitlam Lake from the West Rampart Viewpoint…

West Rampart Viewpoint

The next photo is a view of the Blakeny Creek (also known as Cedar Creek) Valley from the West Rampart viewpoint… Blakeny Creek is one of Coquitlam Lake’s major inflow rivers.

Or Creek Valley

The weather today was perfect for hiking – we had sunny skies all day with some small clouds. The view from the White Rock Viewpoint (which is a 45 minute hike and 1.5 km from the West Rampart viewpoint) was better than two weeks ago…

White Rock Viewpoint

When we finished at the White Rock viewpoint, it was time to head back. There is a fork in the trail we took the east fork, eventually hooking up with the Halvor Lunden Trail.  After only about 250 m on the Halvor Lunden Trail, you’ll find the turn-off for the Coquitlam Trails. Below is a photo of the trailhead. Its up a tiny embankment, which is probably why its missed so often…

Start of trail to Coquitlam Trails

Here’s the view of Cypress Lake today…

Cypress Lake

There are some impressive old growth trees here…

old growth trees

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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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    Mount Galiano

     

    The Gulf Islands of British Columbia are a magical place and I’m so glad I got to visit Galiano Island. This hike is quite easy in terms of elevation gain and the payoff scenery is well worth it !

    Distance: 6.8 km (return)
    Low point: 61 m
    High point: 301 m
    Elevation gain: 240 m
    Trailhead: 48° 52’ 29” by  123° 20’ 59” (Google Map)

    Here’s the route…

    Here’s the view from the top…

    View from the top

    Here’s a view from a BC Ferry…

    Mount Galiano (Medium)

    On the way up I saw an old plane that had crashed on the island…

    Wreckage from Plane Crash

    Bolts from airplane wreckage

    I saw this cool Conglomerate Rock…

    Conglomerate Rock on Mount Galiano

    A view of the forest from the trail…

    Mount Galiano

    I saw a BC Ferry from the top…

    Queen of Vancouver

    When I came down from Mount Galiano, I explored the coastline and it is very interesting.
    You can check out more photos HERE

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    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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