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Devils Peak from Blueridge - Bike and Hike
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.03 - 07:15:09
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Fannin Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy, Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Good trails most of the way, then flagging to summit.
Rode bicycles over from Kitsilano, and then hiked up a maze of trails. Biggest obstacle was Boulder creek.
I phoned Klaus to see what he was doing, and he suggested Devils Peak. If you look at the map, you see that Devils peak is just a bulge on the ridge coming down from the Seymour area. But it has a tremendous view of the Seymour valley. At about 8:00 AM, we agreed to meet Klaus at the trailhead at 10:00. He would get there by bus, and us with our bikes. Klaus had studied the report of Martin Ortmayr's report Devils Peak - FRom Seymour Parkway. Martin had approached the peak starting from the Seymour Parkway, whereas we would start right from the bottom in Blueridge. Once you've been into the area, you will enjoy Martin's drone video of Devils Peak, accompanied by its soundrack from "Sympathy for the Devil".

So with no time to spare, we hopped on our bikes and headed for the Sea Bus. I brought a set of full weight mountaineering boots in my pack. These proved useful due to our bushwack adventure.

Klaus was already at the bus stop at Hyannis Drive which is a short block from Hyannis Trail head. The Hyannis trail is a high grade trail with a raised smooth gravel surface, with some extensive rock work on one washout. It goes through a spectacularly green mature second growth forest. There are numerous new trail signs at a few of the junctions. Higher up we crossed the Powerlines trail, then continued north on the TNT trail which was a rougher surface. These upper trails are used mostly by mountain bikers. If you look at Open Cycle Map, you see lots of trails marked, but there are even more trails not marked.

The big challenge in getting to Devil's peak from Blueridge and the Hyannis trail is how to cross Boulder creek. None of the maps we had available showed any trail crossing it, and we could tell from the map that it was in a deep gorge. At about 440m...

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