Finally, after three years I was able to do some snowshoeing on one of the most appealing hikes of Coquihalla. But besides snowshoeing, you can do cross country skiing and if you have money, snowmobiling.
In summer you can start the hike from the Falls Lake parking area, but in winter you start from the last exit before the Coquihalla Toll Booth. Once you reached the parking lot, take the steep pipeline right-of-way. It took me almost 30 minutes to reach the ridge. The flagging tapes were covered by snow, fortunately I have done this hike before
The trail goes into the trees, very soon I reached an outdoor group from Chilliwack. After five minutes I passed them.
This area is a transition zone between the coastal and southern interior environment with four different biogeoclimatic zones with granite peak features and historic features such as the Kettle Valley Railway and Coquihalla Highway
Back to my hike, after maybe one hour, I reached the first summit. To complete the hike you must lose 54 m and regain it to reach the second summit. But nobody dare to defy the mountain.
I decided to end my hike here. Even with the bad weather, I was able to get some views of Falls Lake.
Very soon the group that I left behind reached their final destination. The snow was great, something nice about this area is the heavy annual snowfall.
On this area you can see huge granite slabs that are part of the Zopkios Ridge.
After a nice chat with the Outdoors Group it was time to come back.
With some stamina left, I walked towards Falls Lake. The trail is 1.5 km in legenth and offers a scenic view of the lake and fishing for small rainbow trout.
Falls Lake has a surface area of 25.6 ha and an average depth of 10 metres. The trail was rebuilt about 13 years ago when improvements were made to recreational opportunities along the Coquihalla corridor.
Once at the lake you could camp if you want as there are some roughed-out sites. Just in case, campfires are not allowed.
Round trip: 13 km (8.13 miles)
Time: 5 hours
Elevation gain: 600 m (1968 ft)
Round Trip: 400 km (250 miles)