When I hiked the Lake View Trail again recently (See last paragraph of Hike to Little Horn ) I remembered that I once made a short cut between it and the Diez Vista Trail. I thought that would be a suitably short hike for the short winter days. I started out by taking the western Buntzen Lake Trail as a short cut. The closed and detour signs were still there, but the big construction fence at the western trailhead was gone. I am not sure whether I saved much elevation, in the first km the trail climbs a steep hill, then descends more gradually back to the lakeshore. After the 2nd highpoint it soon comes to where the Lake View Trail parallels it closely. There was a red plastic fence strung between the trees and I climbed up at its start, then followed the Lake View Trail down as it parallels the lower trail. After that there came a lengthy up and down until the trail crossed Sitka Creek. It then followed the creek upstream for a few 100m.
Where the trail turned east to the northern high point I left it and followed the shallow valley. The creek soon... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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