Taggart Peak (Glen Ryder Trail)

June 26, 2011

This trail was built by Glen Ryder, an active naturalist and member of the Central Valley Naturalists Society. He has drawn and recorded wildlife in B.C. for over 60 years

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Trailhead

The trail up to the viewpoint is well-walked and is mostly a series of tight switchbacks uphill and it can be reached in 50 minutes at a moderate pace.

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Viewpoint

What you see here is Sumas Prairie (formerly Sumas Lake). Sumas Lake was a body of water between Sumas and Vedder mountains, midway between the present-day cities of Chilliwack and Abbotsford.

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Sumas Prairie (Front View)

Originally, the lake occupied 40 km² (15 mi²) and swelled to 120 km² (47 mi²) during flooding. The lake was drained in order to create more farmland in the fertile region of the Fraser Valley and also to reduce mosquito infestations in the region.

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East View

From the viewpoint go back 50 meters and return to the trail. The trail keeps going up, down and around some small hips, a large dip and then soon meets an old forest service road which the trail becomes for about a half kilometer.

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Then it goes through a bit of a messy area where there are some blow-downs to go over and around but there is ample flagging to show the way.

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Fraser River (East View)

The Summit has good views in the Winter but may have limited views in the Summer. However it is only short distances in different directions to open areas for good views.

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The flow from the Vedder (Chilliwack) River was redirected into the Vedder Canal in 1924 under a plan developed by engineer Fred Sinclair, effectively draining the lake.

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Another drainage channel, the Sumas Lake Canal, runs along what is now Sumas Prairie's northwest side at the foot of Sumas Mountain.

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Sumas Mountain

Sumas Mountain is one of the most familiar mountains in the Fraser Valley. Located along the north side of the Trans Canada Highway between Abbotsford and Chilliwack, the Sumas Mountain Trail is also part of the Centennial Trail.

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Golden Ears

The area encompassing Golden Ears, Edge Peak and Blanshard Peak (Blanshard Needle) was originally called The Golden Eyries, and the name was corrupted to Golden Ears. The similarity of the 1,716 m (5,630 ft) peak with the double summit to ears led people to believe that this mountain had the name Golden Ears.

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Mount Baker

Mount Baker is one of the snowiest places in the world; in 1999, Mount Baker Ski Area, located 14 km (8.4 mi) to the northeast, set the world record for recorded snowfall in a single season—1,140 inches (95 feet or about 30 meters).

Hiking Trip Statistics

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Region: Fraser Valley
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 6 hours
Distance: 10.6 km
Elevation Gain: 774 meters
Hiking Season: April - November
Camping: No
Dog Friendly: Yes
Public Transit: No

Coordinates
1. 49.0805999748409-122.160169975830 Elev: 032m Trailhead
2. 49.0866099670530-122.163679981604 Elev: 425m Viewpoint
3. 49.0947899501771-122.159719951450 Elev: 562m Pond
4. 49.0981099382043-122.155679957940 Elev: 560m Dip
5. 49.1011999268080-122.152289981023 Elev: 598m Old Road
6. 49.1027599666260-122.152489973232 Elev: 598m Forest Service Road
7. 49.1036399826408-122.147629978135 Elev: 661m Fork in road (go right)
8. 49.1055999230594-122.141779996455 Elev: 796m Taggart Peak

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How to get there

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Coming from the West on Highway #1 take the Whatcom Road exit, (Exit 95), and cross over the Highway going north. Turn right at the Strip Mall on North Parallel Road going east. It becomes Eldridge Road as it starts to bend. There will be another intersection and turn right onto Atkinson Road and immediately cross over a bridge. Atkinson Road changes back into North Parallel Road after it bends. Still going east ward on Parallel you will see McDermott Road. Turn left on McDermott. McDermott Road will change to Lakemont Lodge Road just before crossing over another bridge. Follow it as it bends to the right and soon you will drive beside a school fence for the Gun Club on your left. Just past the end of the fence is an open pit. Park on the east side of it and the trail goes up that side of the pit.

Driving distance from Vancouver: 83 km (51.5 mi)
Driving time from Vancouver: Approx. 1 hour 25 minutes

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