Lindsay Lake Loop

2007-October-14

The Halvor Lunden (Eagle Ridge) Trail is comprised of the Lindsay Lake Loop, Swan Falls Loop, and Dilly Daily Loop. Today it was the turn for the most popular of the three loops, Lindsay Lake Loop.

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.

The trailhead is on Powerhouse Road, near the southeast corner of the South Beach parking area, and takes you up a steep climb of over 700m, passing the Polytrichum Lookout before reaching the "Lake district" which includes several small lakes and the larger Lindsay Lake.


El Paso Junction - Go Left

After reaching El Paso junction, there is a short descent and after crossing Buntzen Creek you start to go uphill. This section of trail contains the best remaining old growth stands along Eagle Ridge.


Cross Buntzen Creek and go uphill to reach the first viewpoint

The first viewpoint is Barton Point. From here you can have views of the Fraser River and Burrard Inlet. The first Spanish explorer in the region, Alcalá Galiano named the inlet Canal de Floridablanca upon seeing it on June 19, 1792. Just days later, the inlet was again named by Captain George Vancouver, after his friend Sir Harry Burrard-Neale.


Barton Point - Fraser River and Burrard Inlet

Then you will reach the second and third viewpoints, Little Valhalla and Spahat Ridge. On clear days you can see Vancouver Island. On you feet you will have the Indian Arm, a steep-sided glacial fjord formed during the last Ice Age. Most of the slopes along Indian Arm are heavily forested. There are several waterfalls, including Granite Falls and Silver Falls, as well as Raccoon Island and the Twin Islands.


Little Valhalla and Spahat Ridge - Indian Arm, Burrard Inlet and Deep Cove

A short descent will take to Jessica Lake, and then a short ascent will take you to the fourth viewpoint, West Point. From here you can see Buntzen Lake and have more views of Indian Arm. The following picture shows Woodlands, a beachfront community. The steep mountain slopes are so impassable that most have seen no development, despite the proximity to a major city.


West Point - Buntzen Lake and Indian Arm

From the last viewpoint, the Pulpit you can see Buntzen Lake almost touching the Indian Arm. This reservoir is located in Anmore, one of three politically independent villages (municipalities with populations under 2,500) in the greater Vancouver area, the others being its neighbour Belcarra, and Lions Bay.


The Pulpit

The use of Buntzen Lake in movies has been profilic, the most famous productions include Lake Placid, the X-Files, Highlander (franchise) and Freddy Vs. Jason

Here I was having the last views of Mount Seymour before going into the forest. That day, the Xtreme Hiking Group was having some fun over there. Hey guys! Can you see me?


Mount Seymour

After leaving The Pulpit the trail leads to Lindsay Lake Junction (at the north end of Lindsay Lake), where you need to turn right and head south through the "Lakes District".

The Buntzen Lake power development was built to supply Vancouver's electric street railway and interurban systems, which were among the very first in North America, indeed in the world - thanks to the abundant local rainfall and terrain differentials, which made hydroelectric power the affordable choice over coal-generation in this region.


The Buntzen development provided the bulk of Vancouver's and New Westminster's (they were separate cities then) electrical power until the completion of the Stave Falls and Ruskin power development in (respectively) the 1920s and 1930.

In the heat of summer, the walk across the lake may be disturbed by mosquitoes, so I will recommended to have lunch on any of the viewpoints. Walking across these lakes you can see a drainage basin in action

A drainage basin is the topographic region from which a stream receives runoff, throughflow, and groundwater flow. Drainage basins are divided from each other by topographic barriers called a watershed

Drainage basins are commonly viewed by scientists as being open systems. Inputs to these systems include precipitation, snow melt, and sediment. Drainage basins lose water and sediment through evaporation, deposition, and streamflow.

One of the biggest drainage basins is The Mississippi River, which drains the largest area of any U.S. river, much of it agricultural regions. Agricultural runoff and other water pollution that flows to the outlet is the cause of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

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1. Elev: 167m N49.3381 W122.8561 Trailhead
2. Elev: 913m N49.3454 W122.8255 El Paso Junction
3. Elev: 1107m N49.3592 W122.8325 Lindsay Lake Junction

Roundtrip length: 14.5 km (9.06 miles)
Time: 6 hours
Elevation gain: 975 m (3198 ft)

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Driving distance from Vancouver: 43 km (27 miles)

 

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