Upgrades at Buntzen Lake

 

The trails around Buntzen Lake get plenty of use and along with time and the forces of nature, damage to trails and infrastructure is inevitable.

The bridges on the east side of Buntzen Lake were upgraded between late 2016 and spring 2017.

A section of this wooden railing was damaged since at least April 2014…

Damaged railing

As the drop below is not insignificant, this should have been repaired much sooner.
BC Hydro repaired the section Spring 2015…

Repaired railing

The ‘large’ bridge over Buntzen Creek at South Beach, was damaged in early 2015 by fallen trees. Here’s the bridge…

Buntzen Creek Bridge

As there is an easy alternate path, the bridge was removed in March 2015.
Here’s the area after…

Removed damage bridge

There was plenty of rain last winter and drainage has been greatly improved, such as this area on the east side of Buntzen Lake…

Improved drainage

New steps were installed just off of Pump House Road, on the west side of Buntzen Lake. It allows easier access to the water…

New Steps

There are also minor repairs such as repaired wooden steps at the suspension bridge…

Fixed step

In October of 2014, a small section with several roots on the Bunzten Lake Trail (East side) was improved…

Improved trail

As many of the bridges around Buntzen Lake are quite old, many have fallen into disrepair such as this one on Lakeview Trail…

Damaged Bridge

Bridge repairs are usually done quite fast.
I have been informed (April 2015) by Buntzen Lake officials that many bridges around the lake are planned to be replaced.

Another improvement project in the works is replacing many trail markers on Eagle Ridge/Mountain. The trails on Eagle Ridge/Mountain are difficult and the definition of wilderness. On a hike November 2014, the snow covered the main trail and I had difficulty finding trail markers around Tangled Summit (seen below) and points to the west. A joint effort between Buntzen Lake officials and Coquitlam Search and Rescue will hopefully improve trail markers on Eagle Ridge.

Tangled Summit