Lakeview Trail on a Gorgeous Early Autumn Day

I haven’t done the Lakeview Trail in a few months and I don’t know why !! Today was an incredible day – 28 September 2014 – Temp in the low 20’s and a sunny sky. The colours of Autumn are showing on the trees.



Oh yeah, today was also the 5 Peaks event at Buntzen Lake with the 2 premier events being the Buntzen Lake Loop and Diez Vistas.  The Buntzen Lake winner’s time was 48:56 by Dave Cressman, while the Diez Vistas time was 1:27:46 by Herman Alagao.

Anyways, getting back to today’s Lakeview Trail… The first photo is a great view from early on in the trail, where the trail crosses the hydro right-of-way…

View

The next photo is a traverse through the hydro right-of-way…

Open area



Here’s a small waterfall at Valentine Creek…

Valentine Creek waterfall

And here is the view from the north viewpoint…

Lakeview Trail viewpoint

Here’s another view from the north viewpoint showing the twin peaks and Swan Falls. The falls were sure roaring today…

Twin peaks



Finally, here’s a photo of the 5 Peaks awards ceremony wrapping up…

5 Peaks

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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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