It was one of those rainy Saturdays and now that is getting dark earlier I decided to do a hike close to the city. There are two ways to reach the Munro Lake. This time I decided to do the short and steep route via Quarry Road. For the long one you start from Harper Road. Good finding route skills are required if you start from Harper Road.
The start of the Munro/Dennett Lake trail is an old road that starts near the end of Quarry road. If you follow it, it curves around back to connect up with Quarry Road again. Following the road you can see old mining equipment.
Even I love looking at old buildings and machines, this time I followed the trail towards Munro Lake.
Very soon I got soaked, ironically not from the rain, but from the water on the plans covering the trail. Many people don't like to hike in these conditions but I prefer this to the thick clouds of bugs that you can find on the middle of the year.
Half-way on the trail, there is a clear point where you can take a quick break. At this point I have only completed half of the total elevation gain.
At around 700 msn I found snow. Close to this area used to be a ski run used during the sixties and early seventies. Some people do cross-country but keep in mind the snow is typically wet up there and doesn't lend itself to good skiing
Basically I walked on water on the last part before of the hike. The last part of the trail is levelled off, I am glad I have good hiking boots, the chain of deep mud puddles made me wonder through slippery root systems from the surrounding trees. I didn't want to be knee deep.
In reality, this is a very old deactivated logging road.
Finally I reached Munro Lake. From this point you can reach another lake called Dennett Lake, but during this time of the years unless you know the way is better not to try. In my case I called the day off once I reached Munro Lake, I don't feel comfortable running out of daylight.
This lake is surrounded by heather, muskeg, and forest. It is reported to be full of Brook Trout as well. First time I was here I saw someone catching a fish. I believe the demanding hike discourages a lot of fishermen
Long time ago, Munro Lake was dammed to provide water to an old quarry. You still can find machinery left as part of the logging or mining that took 50 or 60 years ago. Most of this area was logged at the turn of the last century.
Regarding the "ski lodge". Looks like was a family run operation in the sixties, and for various reasons (access, competition, snow conditions, to name a few), it was not as profitable as the owners needed to pay basic things such as insurance (the operations were insured for the winter months). But apparently not in summer when an apparent act of vandalism (fire) claimed the uninsured building.
Some people complain about this hike, for me is a great one despite the lack of markings. This is an eery, but beautiful place.
I just realized I need new gloves, my fingers were getting frozen. It was time to retrace my steps.
On your way back, remember the junction. If you go right you will be ending on Harper Road. I heard of people getting lost because didn't put attention to the markers one the trail is levelled off.
Elevation gain: 700 m (2296 ft)
Roundtrip from Vancouver: 77.2 km (48.25 miles)