The nine of us arrived at the Sea to Sky Gondola shortly before the “special” 9 am Gondola run for back-country hikers. The regular winter Gondola run starts at 10 am.
At the top of the Gondola, we quickly located the trail head for AL’s Habrich Ridge Trail, and headed up through the old forest along the new trail. Within a few minutes, we came upon a series of large, rock bluffs that provided incredible views.
After leaving the bluffs area, the trail wound gently up through an open forest area to some small cliffs that had ropes hung so that we could easily climb up. The climb became a little more challenging as we encountered some steep cliffs covered in snow and ice.
We arrived at the “shoulder’ part of Habrich Ridge at noon, and stopped for a leisurely lunch and enjoyed the scenery. An hour later, we headed back with a plan to branch off the main trail to hike the Neverland Trail loop and visit Neverland Falls and Neverland Lake. Needless to say, this became a never-ending experience! We easily found the trail markers for the Neverland trail, however, several times we were diverted to side trails that were marked with ribbons of varying colors. We finally returned to the main trail without finding Neverland Falls and Neverland Lake.
It should be noted that the last half of the trail from Habrich Ridge is poorly marked such that the return trip often involves a considerable effort to find the trail. Something to keep in mind if you want to catch the last Gondola to the parking lot. This was a great hike and I certainly recommended it! We will be back.