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Ski up Harvey Creek Spur to Bowl
Timestamp Free: 2020.03.28 - 09:24:43
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Britannia Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy, Tanya Behrisch
Difficulty: 3: Some tricky road ski due to overgrown alder trees, and some rocks lower down.
A ski up an overgrown road, with fantastic views of the north side of the Lions
I was looking for an easy trip a short drive from Vancouver, and without too many people, and not too much work. I remembered that in 2017 we had done a complete loop up Magnesia Creek, and down the Harvey creek trail. I remembered that our descent down the Harvey Creek spur was relatively easy, so I thought it might be nice to just go back up that spur and come back the same way. See 2017 trip report Magnesia Harvey Ski Loop.

We met Tanya at the church at 7:30 and three of us drove up to Lions Bay. Others had reported in 2017 that there was a parking meter at the trailhead. But in fact there was no parking meter. There were 10 separate parking spots with painted lines. There was only 1 other car there when we arrived.

The parking area is at 240m. (km 0) We had to carry our skis for about half an hour to 400m. As we continued above that, there were no ski tracks, only a few foot and snowshoe tracks. At 1.9 km we came to the Brunswick trail (Jct 72/06 600m) then the long level stretch south to km 2.5 (Jct 62 at 620m) where the Magnesia Creek spur goes north. This is where we had forked off on earlier trips, but on the current trip we continued south.

At km 2.7 (Jct 62/42 640m) we came to the junction where the Harvey Ridge trail goes left and climbs the steep ridge. Turns out the one other hiker we met had gone up that way with snowshoes.
 We were soon at the crossing of the north branch of Alberta creek, with the spectacular waterfall above us. Good place to get water. And then the south branch. Here there was a sudden steep bit of trail, and this was the end of any tracks. From now on we were breaking trail.

At km 4.4 (Jct 60 830m) was the trail sign for the Lions Trail, etc. The trail sign is on your left, but the trail itself must...

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