Today was my second venture up Eagle Mountain. The route started at the end of Hickory Drive in Port Moody and went as far as the White Rock Viewpoint (Not a view of White Rock, the town). The white rock is a large rock, whitish in colour and there is a large platform to sit, have a snack or lunch and take in the great views.
Here is the route from Hickory Drive, Port Moody…
Distance: 14.7 km
Starting elevation: 327 m
Max elevation: 984 m
Elevation gain: 657 m
Cumulative elevation gain: 889 m
Time: 5-7 hours
Here are two great views from the viewpoint (950 m elevation)…
This was my first time up this route and there are many many trails and they’re not marked well. I had a GPS unit and my smartphone for back up. As it turns out the smartphone had a GPS signal all day and that was the go to device. I highly recommend using one or both of these devices up here.
On the way up, you’ll see Cypress Lake at about the 5km mark. Here is a picture of the peaceful Cypress Lake at 800 m elevation…
Also on the way up, you’ll pass through a network of mountain biking trails and there are some serious jumps here. See below…
There is a rope on one steep section of the trail…
The next photo is a serene little marsh…
I’ll end with some various trail pictures…
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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