The trailhead is past Bunzten Lake's North Beach and is signed, "Halvor Lundgren Trail, Swan Falls." Into the trees, you rise steeply to the waterfall with its beautiful polished granite, which doubles as an excellent watering hole. From there, it is onwards and upwards on an easy-to-follow, sustained trail. You pass numerous granite blocks and cross right through two gullies. Finally, fantastic views of Vancouver open up and shortly later you enter a lovely subalpine meadow, which in my case, was under a 3 foot blanket of snow.
Here I committed my minimalist running shoe clad feet to an icy torture and ran/post-holed to the (tangled) summit. The views were panoramic and to be honest, very impressive given the accessibility. Like Greg Jones, I was drawn to the jutting peaks and large walls to the NE. Once sated with coastal geography, and after having eaten my granola bar, I turned and ran down the mountain. Including a dunk in the frigid lake, this mission took me exactly 4 hours. Necessary equipment? On the day in question, the only essential item was effective sunglasses.
[photo]TangledSummitViewNE.jpg[caption]View NE over Coquitlam... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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