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Grouse Mountain
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Iona Beach
Mount Woodside
Mike Lake
Minnekhada
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Hayward Lake
2004-February-22

What a beautiful and warm day, I cannot believe that is still winter!  With the completion in 1999 of an east-side trail, Hayward Lake reservoir, between the Ruskin and Stave Falls dams, now offers 17 km (10.5 miles) of all-season walking that can be tailored to suit hikers of all levels. 

We were walking of what was once Canada's shortest incorporated railway.  Built in the early 1900s, the original rail line enabled the construction of the Stave Falls Dam.

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At that time, electricity was the cutting edge of technology and Stave Falls was an ideal place to generate it.

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The Ruskin Dam, which created Hayward Lake Reservoir, was constructed during 1929 and 1930.  This first part of the trail is called Railway Trail

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After crossing Ruskin Dam and a floating bridge across Hairsine Inlet, we started to walk Reservoir Trail

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From this walkway we enjoyed a view of Hayward Lake before pressing on through the woods.

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Then, we walked through second-growth forest of cedar and Douglas fir.

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Before crossing Steelhead and Brown creeks, we make a quick visit to Steelhead Falls.
Click here if you want to see a video of the falls (MPG 970 KB)

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Before crossing Stave Falls Dam, this old Ford make us feel like in the 1920s.

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Ouch! It hurts!

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You are looking at the top section of a 27-metre high transmission tower.  Some of the tallest transmission towers in BC are 120 metres - as high as a 36-storey building!  The legs of these towers can withstand up to six metres (almost 20 feet) of snow.

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Did you know?  Electricity travels at 299,330 kilometres per second (187,000 miles per second)

On our way back we had beautiful views of Mount Baker, I am feeling tempted of visiting Uncle Sam.

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Round trip: 210 km (130 miles)

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