One more time we were back to Chilliwack Lake. This time the road was plowed until the end of the paved road. Something that I don't like of having the road paved up to Chilliwack Lake is the increase in car break-ins and vandalism. We started to walk but after one kilometre the snow was gone, I returned to the truck and then I drove up to Paleface Creek.
About 4 km before the south end of the lake you find Paleface Creek but the bridge has been completely washed away. The effects of last October rains were noticeable. There were like 6 cars parked before the bridge but I didn't see anybody around.
In this point there is a deactivated road that goes uphill. We started our short hike on this road better know as Paleface Creek Road.This road provides access to Mount Rahm. There is a spur that provides access to Custer Ridge Trail. My plans are to visit this place in summer, the zone is suitable for hiking and minor scrambling.
Then we came to a stop. Last year rains made the water bars not minor anymore. The snowmobiles that came before us stopped at this point, without snowshoes we didn't dare to continue. In a clear day from this point you can see across the US border Mount Rahm and Mount Custer.
When we returned to the parking area the cars and snowmobiles were gone, I was wondering how they manage to cross the creek
Very soon I found the answer, some logs lying down on the creek where used as a provisional bridge.
On our way back we had more views of Chilliwack Lake. The Hudson Bay Company cut the first recorded trail up the Chilliwack River in 1855, improving the Indian Trail which joined the nine Indian villages between Vedder Crossing and Chilliwack Lake.
Round trip: 300 km (188 miles)