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Eagle Ridge On Skis?
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.14 - 13:01:40
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: Greg Jones
Difficulty: 3: NTD
A day skiing and slogging from Bunzen Lake to the ridge north of Eagle mountain, between Buntzen Lake and Coquitlam Lake.
I had entertained thoughts of skiing some of the open terrain on Eagle Ridge for quite some time now. There is a fantastic trail that deviates east from the north end of Buntzen Lake called the "Swan Falls Trail". I have used this trail for the last 4 or 5 years to get some good exercise, as it gains close to 4000ft of elevation to the highest point on Eagle Ridge. This feature is sometimes referred to as "Mount Beautiful". Either way, it is the high point on the long north/south running "Eagle Ridge".

The indefatigable Halvor Lunden has built some great trails in the area, but in my opinion, this is his best work. This trail is quite steep and has a strong resemblance to the Williams Ridge Trail in the Chilliwack River Valley. What makes it unique is the fact that it is never busy. In fact, I can count on two hands the number of people I've run into on this trail in the last three years. Take into consideration how busy the Buntzen Lake corridor is, and that is quite the statement. It also has a wonderful summit view of the seldom visited Coquitlam/Pitt Divide.

The snowpack of 2004/05 on the coast has been well documented (HORRIBLE!), so this was as good a chance as any to carry out my plan. I took off from my Coquitlam area house and drove through the just opened gate into the Buntzen Lake corridor at 8:30am. I received some funny stares from some passersby, and finally one gentleman inquired, "What's with the skis?"

I walked the Powerhouse Road to the north end of Buntzen Lake and started up the steep trail. Swan Falls is quite appealing, and a great place for some water and a rest. [photo]z4.jpg[caption]Swan Falls[/photo]

I continued to hike and found snow at about 2700ft. This is where it became interesting, as the new snow was making travel up the...

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