West Rampart Viewpoint

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    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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      3 thoughts on “West Rampart Viewpoint

      1. Your view up “Or Creek Valley” is actually Blakeny Creek Valley. On the other side of the head of the valley is Widgeon Lake.

      2. I did this trail yesterday… 2017-06-02

        Still tons of snow, markers can be difficult to find as trees may be bent and covered from snow still (or the snow is that high!). Much of the wide path between Cypress Lake and West Rampart Viewpoint had trees fully covered (bent) across the trail from the snowfall this winter. Many times I had to bypass the trail due to flooding.
        Between West Rampart and White Rock viewpoints the entire trail is almost fully covered in snow. Most of it is very walkable but where melting has occurred there are some spots where there are streams forming directly beneath your foot.

        Only met one other on the trail. A sleepy bear on my walk out.

        Great hike, but not for the inexperienced. Definitely want to do again in better weather, hopefully some of the bent trees will have stood back up after the snow fully melts, else someone will need to bring a small saw to clear it up.

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