One of the positive things of not having a 4WD is that you can "invent" trails. Mount Woodside is a small hill that can be accessed via Mount Woodside Forest Service Road, on the same road you can reach Campbell Lake but there is an alternative trail to reach this lake as well. If you are driving, be warned that the last kilometers to the lake are quite rough.
At this time of the year there are not many people on the road and I was quite interested to have some interesting views of the Fraser.
To reach this place, from Vancouver, follow Lougheed Highway east via Mission City. When the road crosses Harrison River at Harrison Mills, keep driving for another 4.8 kms, and almost opposite to Mount Woodside Cafe and Motel you will see Mount Woodside FSR. In my case, I leave my car next to the highway and started walking.
There is some active logging on the area, after 4.2 km (2.6 miles) there is a left fork in the road. If you follow that fork you will reach a launch place for paragliders and hang gliders. The flying season is supposed to end at the beginning of November, but today was an unusually warm day and I saw some people driving to the launch area. Even if you aren't planning to launch yourself from one of the ramps, the views from here are some of the best in the valley.
Regarding the logging, this is done by the Scowlitz Nation even these are Crown Lands thanks to a woodlot permit. The permit allows the Scowlitz Nation to harvest portions of the woodlot in a controlled manner.
I continued walking on the main road and very soon the road forks. You can see gates on both roads but usually the left one is closed. Time to give some use to my snowshoes.
If you keep walking on the main road, you can find a small lake called Stacey Lake (6.59 km from the road) and if you are a venturesome soul wishing to try your route-finding skills there is Mount Agassiz.
After 30 minutes I arrived to the top of Mount Woodside with its Telus Telephone repeater station.
Besides hiking, hang-gliding and 4WD, other activities include hunting and fishing. I read that there are housing projects for this area, but the Sto:lo Nation and Chehalis Nations say this area is an archaeological "hot spot" for them therefore an overview assessment is required for Mount Woodside prior to development occurring.
I believe that some day we will see new housing on this area. Unfortunately many people and young families looking for larger homes, affordable pricing and not concerned with significant commuting distances may consider this place as an excellent alternative.
Round trip: 16 km (10 miles) from highway
Driving distance from Vancouver: 112 km (70 miles)