BOC Hikes
Callaghan Valley - Feb 11   
Sunday, February 20, 2011

Big skies and blue skies

Deep fresh dry powdery snow

Mountain peaks all around

Ten BOCers had a really good day snowshoeing in Callaghan Valley. Getting on the groomed trails at 10:15am, we headed toward the Madeley Creek loop. I wanted to go along the higher Biathlon Explorer trail, but it hadnt been groomed. Paul and I attempted to break trail but we didnt get far because the fresh powder was sometimes waist high. The trail is gently rolling beside Madeley Creek which meanders through open forest. In spite of the cold weather the creek was still open. The snow base is so deep that its a drop of 20 feet or more to the creek. Two hours later we stopped for lunch. Sitting down beside the cross country ski trail, we lifted our faces to the sun and gazed across at the mountain peaks.

Reviewing the map, we decided to check out the Alexander Falls trail. For me la piece de resistance was the falls. I have looked down on them in summertime but I had no idea they were so spectacular in winter covered in huge icicles and frosted with snow. I could have gazed on them for a long time. On the return our group split up with some going back to the Day Lodge and the others continuing along the Alexander Falls Explorer trail. We returned to the parking lot via the Wetland Wanderer for 3pm.

Callaghan Valley is a perfect destination for the beginner and intermediate snowshoer. It took us 1 hour and 45 minutes to drive from Burnaby City Hall. The trail pass is $10 (+ HST). The Day Lodge is small but pleasant for a hot drink before returning to the city.

Trip report by Jackie Gill
Photos by Gerard Laman
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