Although the shortest elevation gain would be up the east side (start at 1480m), this would involve driving to Princeton and then a lengthy drive up the Tulameen FSR. So most people from Vancouver will probably start from the west side like we did.
The weather forecast was some rain for Saturday, and improvement on Sunday. So Betsy and I set out from Vancouver at 8:00 and cruised slowly east to Hope and then up the Coquihalla. About 15 km past Hope we exited the Coquihalla at exit 192 Sowaqua FSR. At the bottom of the road was a sign saying the road was closed, etc. but of course we ignored it. The start of the road is a sustained steep hill climbing from 350m to about 650m in the first few km. But the road was smooth, and recently graded. The car had a burning smell from hot oil. Half way up the hill we passed a huge backhoe that had been working on the road. The good road continued. At about 10km a second backhoe. That was as far as the fixup had been done, but beyond that various hazards were marked with flags or fresh orange paint. In a couple of places deep sink holes were flagged off, but you could always get by.
Once past about km 10, the road comes down slightly and... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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