Eagle Ridge is located on Buntzen Lake.  If you are coming from Vancouver, the best way to reach this place is driving to Port Moody on Barnet (7A) Highway and taking the Ioco exit to follow Ioco Road to the left.  Turn right on First Avenue and continue to Sunnyside Road. Turn right again and continue to the Recreation Area entrance gate.  You can reach this place by bus as well, for bus schedules, go to Translink Web Site.

Besides hiking, Buntzen Lake Reservoir provides facilities for picnic, boat and canoe launch, mountain biking, fishing, equestrian trails and a playing ground for dogs.

I believe the hike is more enjoyable if it is done clockwise. For that, you follow the trail down to Powerhouse Road, which leads to North Beach. This trail is part of Buntzen Lake Trail, a very easy and pleasant hike.

South Beach

In hot months the beaches at Buntzen Lake and at nearby Belcarra's Sasamat Lake are so popular that park information signs will tell you if Belcarra and Buntzen are full. You can probably sense this on a hot day before you even leave the house. On weekends, unless you get an early start for their beaches, look elsewhere for a destination.

Once you arrived to North Beach follow the signs for Swan Falls.

In my case, I did a quick stop to admire Lake Buntzen Power Plan. Build in 1903, this was the Lower Mainland's first hydro electric generating station.

Finally I reached the Swan Falls trailhead, this is the part where you gained more than 1000 meters on a very steep short distance. I wouldn't recommend to do this hike on a rainy day. In some parts you can see ropes to assist you on your ascent/descent but the dry conditions allow me to skip of using them.

After one hour, I stopped on a bluff from which I looked over Buntzen Lake. This lake was first called Lake Beautiful but in 1903 some dude working for BC Hydro tough Buntzen was a better name

I continued my rise over the upper basin, I crossed two small creeks (already dry) and then a washout where I found someone going downhill. Then I entered a extensive meadow, green and lush. After maybe 15 minutes I reached the Swan Falls Junction where I meet the ridge trail. I turned right for Eagle Peak and thankfully another rope helped me to reach the last 300 meters before Eagle Peak.

Then on my left I have views of Lake Coquitlam. On the summer of 1902, after the Coquitlam/Buntzen project received the go ahead, a 2.4 miles tunnel was built from the southwestern shore of Coquitlam Lake to the northeastern shore of Buntzen Lake.

That tunnel took three years to be build and it is considered to be the first tunnel of its kind and length constructed in North America. For a second imagine crews breaking blue granite (a denser form or granite) in both directions using jack hammers operated by steam power on three eight hour shifts at 25 cents per hour. When the tunnels met on April 27th, 1905, the error in line was 7/8 ths. of an inch and the levels 3 inches.

Back to my hike, very soon I reached Mount Beautiful. Mount Beautiful and Eagle Ridge are only 200 meters apart. I was the only one taking a break on the ridge while the lake was full of people thanks to the hot day.

 

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