This popular hike has two places from where you can start, in my case I choose the trailhead at the northern end of the Howe Sound Crest Trail. The first part of the hike is not as scenic a beginning as the creekside access.
I didn't care too much because this was another cloudy Sunday.
Along my way I saw Douglas fir and Sitka spruce. Many of BC's native people believed that the sharp needles of the Sitka spruce protected against evil thoughts.
Spruce pitch was used as a medicine for burns, colds and toothaches among other ailments.
Crossing occasional creeks I reached Phi Alpha Falls. This is a good place to take a break, there's still a stiffish kilometre to climb.
I didn't take a real break along my hike and the last kilometre was quite hard for me. I still have a sore neck and I wasn't expecting to hand-and-feet scramble through a steep damp forest section of the forest.
Finally I hit level ground and I had a first glimpse of Deeks Lake.
The slopes to the north belong to Deeks Peak, the slope to the east to Mount Windsor, and the slopes to the southwest to a nameless 1470-metre bump that hopefully some day I would like to have it called "Juan Peak"
This lake is only 95 years old, a wooden dam built around 1910 stopped the flow of Deeks Creek to create the lake and provide water for the Deeks Sand and Gravel Company.
The lake, the creeks and the peak above are all named for the owner of the company, John Deeks, who first began working the slopes of sand and gravel in 1908
The Howe Sound Crest Trail continues for another 23.5 kilometres reaching Cypress Bowl. This is a hike that I have reserved for a future long weekend.
Distance: 14 km (8.75 miles)
Driving distance from Vancouver: 36 km (22.5 miles)