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Dilly Dally Loop (Buntzen Lake)
Timestamp Free: 2020.03.31 - 07:21:20
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1200m
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy, Steve Grant
Difficulty: 3: Rough travel on marked trail up north side of Dilly Dally. Descent was steep but no deadfall.
A strenuous loop trip up the north side of Dilly Dally peak then along the ridge and down the Swan Falls trail. The route up involved much rough travel.
If doing the Dilly Dally loop, it is definitely better to do it in a clockwise direction, so that you don't have to go down the slippery north facing slope.

We arrived at the parking lot at 8:23 and parked along with one other car in the giant empty parking lot. The plan was to climb Dilly Dally and make it back out before the mythical gate locking at 4:30 PM.

The first part of the hike was along the east side of the lake on the Buntzen Lake trail. This is a wide trail. There are numerous short little bridges along this route, and each one has a BC Hydro sign saying "No more than four people on the bridge at any given time". Each bridge is supported by twin steel I beams about 30 cm vertical, and then decked with new 4 x 4 posts. I would have no hesitation driving a 3 ton truck across any of them, so the signs about 4 people were amusing.

Eventually we reached the north end of Buntzen Lake. Just before the end and "North Beach", we saw quite a quantity of water pouring into Buntzen Lake. This is coming through a tunnel from Coquitlam lake, on the other side of the ridge. Then the Buntzen Lake trail ends at a junction with the BC Hydro Service Road which is a gravel road. This service road continues past McCombe Lake. About the middle of McCombe Lake, the map shows the Buntzen Bay Road forking off to the right, and climbing under hydro towers, but we stayed on the left hand road. Eventualy our road goes past a couple of abandoned boats and abandoned truck, and disassembled shack. Eventually it merges with the north part of the Buntzen Bay road for a short distance, and then the actual Dilly Dally trail branches off.

[photo]03_StartDilly.jpg[caption]Turnoff to start Dilly Dally Trail[/photo]

The start of the Dilly Dally trail is itself on top of an...

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