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Tonic Peak via new Trails
Timestamp Free: 2018.10.19 - 16:25:06
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: Robin Tivy, Betsy Waddington, Darlene Anderson, Steve Grant
Difficulty: 2: Easy trail hike on constructed trails
An easy hike on brand new mountain bike trails starting from Function Junction.
Over the past couple of years the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) in conjunction with volunteers, has been building a network of mountain bike trails in the Rainbow/Sproatt/Tonic peak area. This is right across from Whistler, and these trails will provide an off season attraction to Whistler. The trails are primarily aimed at mountain bikes, but make good hiking destinations as well.

On Saturday, Steve and Darlene proposed that we should go and explore the latest trail just completed, called "Into the Mystic". The name comes from a song of the same name on the 1970 Van Morrison album "Moondance":

  I want to rock your gypsy soul
  Just like way back in the days of old
  Then magnificantly we will float
  Into the mystic.

 Steve and Darlene had come across this new trail while doing other trips, and since it was something new, we were all keen to explore. The trail was not yet marked on any maps I was using, so I really didn't know where it would go.

So we drove north on highway 99 to "Function Junction" which is just before Whistler itself. The next challenge was finding a suitable trailhead. If you look at Gmap "t8" option (OSM map) you see there are several ways to start. What you want is to somehow get onto the "Flank" trail from Alpha Lake Road. Steve drove around in a frenzy, checking out three or four wrong starts before we finally found the spot we actually used. As you can see from my track log, the spot we parked was at the top of a short, steep dirt road that turns north off Alpha Lake Road. The hill leading to this spot is quite steep. At the top is a scenic lookout over function junction, and a landing that would hold 3 or 4 cars. There was also a bonfire pit and a stack of shipping pallets to be used as firewood. This is...

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