Category Archives: Hiking adventures

Kennedy Falls

Secret for CFA runners: if you haven’t discovered the west side of Lynn Creek yet, the trails have been greatly improved and marked. East off the first switchback length of old Mountain Highway, the very runnable Big Cedar trail leads to this glorious giant after about 3K. After that, west and uphill and then soon again due north, traversing the slope again, to arrive at the spectacular and seemingly endless cascades of Kennedy Falls less than 1K later. The entire trip is reasonably runnable. In years before, the trail to the falls was a gnarly mess, but it has been greatly improved and flagged.

The only challenging bit was proceeding on from the falls. We intended to go the the next major creek, Wickenden Creek, and then down to Lynn Creek. As it turned out, there was no immediately convenient spot to cross Kennedy Creek (we first tried upslope, to discover a side cascade, but no obvious crossing spot), so we stumbled down the south side of Kennedy Creek before leaping across at a somewhat dicey spot. In lower waters, the exercise would be easy, I suspect. From the north side, we bushwhacked NE, joining Wickenden Creek near its confluence with Lynn Creek. Then an easy and refreshing fording of Lynn Creek, to the east side, and then a short upslope scramble to join the well-trod Lynn Headwaters/Cedar Mills trail. Much recommended.



For baggers keen to explore other nearby trails, Dick Culbert has sent in this very cool trail development on the Sunshine Coast:



A well marked trail system trail system has now been established from the Langdale Ferry Terminal on the Sunshine Coast to the summit of Mt. Elphinstone. 

A trail to the summit of Mt Elphinstone (1266m., 4153 ft.) above the Langdale ferry landing on the Sunshine Coast was opened in 2010.  The main trailhead may be reached from the ferry by following traffic straight up the divided highway known as the Bypass.  At the top of the hill, where traffic turns left down to the town of Gibsons, turn right instead.  The road promptly ends in a “T” junction with both arms gated.  The trailhead and parking is before the gate on the right.

The Elpinstone Summit Trail is defined by yellow markers, and runs almost entirely through mature forests until the open summit ridge with good views.  For safety reasons, the trailhead sign suggest eight hours return, but most parties in summer will find six sufficient.  Two hours should be added, however, if walking up from the ferry.  For those wishing to come across as a foot passenger (recommended on summer weekends) and have little appetite for trudging 3 km. up the open, busy Bypass Highway, a bypass-bypass route has been established with pink markers.  From the entrance to the ferry lot, walk 200 meters north up the coastal highway to Warf Road.  The route starts from the top of this and joins the summit trail just above the main trailhead.

Howe Sound Crest Trail: on the Glorious Fifth (of September)

As a multi-day heavy-pack hike, HSCT is a nasty multi-hump-backed monster.

As a peak bagging adventure artery, it is essential.

As a trail run, it is spectacular. There are few finer trial-running stretches than the single-track swoosh down from Hat Pass to Deeks Lake, past azure lakes, waterfalls, giant trees, and glorious peaks.

One tip: old HSCT goes down, down, down, east of St David Peak, descending towards a lake, and losing and gaining almost as much elevation of would be done via the peak itself). Surely more interesting to go over St David Peak, along the new route? If you are heading N-S, pay attention at the mini-meadow at the foot of the Harvey clearcut (presently a glorious food bar of all varieties of blueberries): the trail splits between the two options (with the St David Peak path, right, being the more obscure one). Heading S-N you also have to be on your toes: at a small tarn, do not follow the dominant (old) path, but look up for a narrow but obvious trail (with flags) heading up.

Lions (L); St James Peak (M); St David Peak (R)