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Satan's Gateway: Backdoor to Squamish
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.15 - 06:21:51
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Howe Sound Group
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1900m
Participants: Johann Groebner (No Show!), Damien McCombs, Omar Bhimji, Pat Mulrooney, Zdenek Manhal, Matt Smith, Melvin Suy, Jason Addy
Difficulty: 2: Arduous 170km bike ride on sections of rough roads. A 2,200ft pass followed by a 2,600ft pass on FSR's.
Home to home by way of Coquitlam Watershed, Indian River, Squamish and highway 99. The first trip I did solo and the second with a group of six and third with one other person.
First Time Solo
Just weeks after Vancouver had record breaking amounts of rain, to the point where a house in North Vancouver slid 25m down towards the Seymour River, I left to ride solo to Squamish by way of the Coquitlam Watershed.

I left home in East Vancouver at 5:00am and headed to the Port Coquitlam. I was cold and wet from the humidity by 5:40am and I stopped for a well-deserved coffee break. After warming up and trying to ignore my upset stomach from too much coffee, without food as a buffer, I headed down Lougheed Hwy to Pinetree Way. Here, 22km from home, I took a left. I biked up Pinetree Way without a map and ended up biking too far up into a development. I thought that Pinetree Way just turned into Pipeline Rd but I was mistaken. I retraced Pinetree Way most of the way back to Lougheed and realized that my route was further east. I biked across a city park to Pipeline Rd and followed it north along the west side of the Coquitlam River.

At about 30km from home I came to a gate and guardhouse. I knew I would have to bushwhack past this, as to avoid getting caught, so I headed down to the river and crossed it into the woods. I followed the river upstream for about 500m and then crossed back at an old overgrown branch road. This brought me to the main watershed road. I followed this road to the Coquitlam Dam and crossed over the dam, to the East side, on the road. There are some beautiful, old, strange buildings here that were made stranger by the silence and solitude. I headed north passed the buildings knowing I could be caught, as I had been kicked out of the Capilano watershed on a previous trip. I was prepared, at anytime, to throw my bike and myself into the bushes to avoid this.

The road follows the east side of the Coquitlam Lake...

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