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Hiked abbreviated Diez Vista Loop
Timestamp Free: 2019.12.06 - 23:50:28
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 600m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Some steep trail and cross country travel
A moderate day hike, a shortcut of the Diez Vista loop but with added distance from transit access.
Long ago, after I heard about the Diez Vista Trail I visited the Buntzen Lake area often, hiking Diez Vista Loop several times and all major trails in the area including the big loops on Eagle Ridge. When I looked at my diaries of these hikes I noticed that I did them all on weekends, even though some were after I retired. It probably was to avoid the rush hour traffic on the second narrows bridge. When I used transit a few Sundays ago I realized that transit is more convenient weekdays. Not only are there earlier seabusses, but the skytrain and busses run more frequently, giving you more choice and less critical connection times. [photo]P1090337.JPG[caption]South end of Buntzen Lake in the morning[/photo]

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...

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