Two weeks ago I tried a shortcut and I got lost on this place. For some reason I wanted to give it a second try, this time I was decided to end the hike so I did it according to my original planned route. At around 700 msn, snow started to appeared meaning I wasn't going to see any dirt bikes.

During my hike I found many forks, the GPS and my home-made map were very handy.

In some spots I had a hard time trying to cross over. The melting of snow is a very complex process. For example, the dirtiness of the snow makes a big difference. A new snow reflects more light than an old dirty snow; the old snow will absorb more of the Sun's energy and therefore melt faster.

I was able to have a glimpse of the mountains lying on Golden Ears Provincial Park. This park offers the coastal western Hemlock forest of BC and the mountainous backcountry is extremely rugged.

Here it was supposed to be a bridge, oh boy, this one was really difficult to cross. Before that I was thinking how cool would be doing cross country skiing but after this I would rather stay with my snowshoes.

Reading the Council Minutes of the District of Maple Ridge (April 11, 2006) I learned that not parking signs are planned to be placed on the two areas where you can access Blue Mountain. The problem is that there are a limited number of motor cross tracks in the Lower Mainland and this place attracts riders from anywhere. The interested groups are still in talks

After following the overgrown road, I arrived to a small lake, this would be a very good stop to end a hike but in my case I was still 2 kilometres away from my final destination.

This place is approximately 15 square miles or 4,000 hectares (it takes about 30 loaded logging trucks to provide one full-time forestry job for one year).

For many years, local citizens and park users have fought plans by the Chilliwack Forest District to log Blue Mountain, the local community is concerned on the impact on water quality for wells in the area because of logging activities.

More bushes but this time I knew I was on the right track.

And finally I did it, I had views of Golden Ears Provincial Park, possibly the most popular park in the province. The park was named after the twin peaks of Mount Blanshard, which shine gold from the setting winter sun.

It was a rainy day but I was lucky to have some views of the Fraser River

Downhill I had views of a mill but from my location but I couldn't see Alouette Lake. On my return I got heavy rain but at that point I didn't care.

Some of the people that are being lost in this area had the opportunity to meet "Air One", the RCMP's helicopter who has a Forward Looking Infra-Red camera FLIR. This camera detects differences in heat signatures. The helicopter also have a "Night Sun" light which can illuminate the search area from several hundred feet in the air. Air One was able to find two missing dirt bikers on October 31, 2004 and one missing mushroom picker on September 29, 2004.



If you don't want to meet "Air One" you may find my map useful. Again, only use it as navigational aid, the margin of error can be as high as 50 meters.

1 N 49:14.150' W 122:27.633'
2 N 49:14.683' W 122:27.483'
3 N 49:15.000' W 122:27.217'
4 N 49:15.850' W 122:26.717'
5 N 49:16.450' W 122:26.650'
6 N 49:16.633' W 122:27.250'
7 N 49:16.200' W 122:27.300'
8 N 49:16.517' W 122:28.033'
9 N 49:16.183' W 122:28.383'

Round trip: 22 km (13.75 miles)
Started at 285 m (935 ft)
Finished at 879 m (27883 ft)
Time: 8 hours
Elevation gain: 594 m (1948 ft)

Driving Distance = 56 km (33.7 miles)

To reach Blue Mountain, travel east of Maple Ridge on Dewdney Trunk Road, then turn north on either 256th Street or McNutt Road. Trails begin from the gates at the end of each road.

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