With a cold front coming from the artic we were thinking in doing snowshoeing in Bear Mountain, close to Harrison Lake, home of Big Foot
But the old mine has been reopened and there is not longer access to the old road. Because of the rising prices of the metals we have to try a different route. We headed to Coquihalla.
This road has a very high rate of accidents. In this road some people use summer tires in winter time -- a note for my readers outside Canada, that is only a minority --
Anyway, there is a short road leading to the parking lot. At this time of the year it is completely covered by snow. We started from a small parking lot on Exit 221
Close to the lake there is another hike, called Zoa Peak. Fall Lake is a really nice place to camp after hiking up Zoa -- not in winter time, of course --
During this week it was unusually cold, we are used to walk at -5C, but when we left Hope the temperature was at -11C. After driving up the highway it was really cold. Later on I read that the temperature was -20C. When we arrived to the lake the camera died, but still the worst was waiting for us. We weren't dressed properly and in a matter of minutes the nice weather changed to a really nasty wind. The wind started to blow and we couldn't see very well -- not glasses at this time --
I felt miserable, my head was going to blow and I never felt such pain on my joints and head like this day. With a lot of difficulty we come back to the parking lot. We have a old saying in Spanish "Dios siempre cuida a sus animalitos -- God always take care of his little animals"We didn't spend more of two hours on this place, and I didn't want to come back to Vancouver. I paid a short visit to Chilliwack Lake but the main access route was already snowmobile territory
After spending 2 hours to take out the cold of my body I started to think that now it is a good time to visit the hiking store.
Round trip from Vancouver: 508 kms (318 miles)