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Hiking the old Lower Grouse Mountain Hiway Loop
Timestamp Free: 2020.06.04 - 20:25:07
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Howe Sound Group
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 500m
Difficulty: 2: Somewhat difficult creek and ditch crossings
A detailed trail description
Recently I revisited the lower Mosquito Creek valley again. Not far above the Baden Powell trail bridge is an old dam. long ago I climbed the rocks beside it to see the hidden waterfall around the corner. Now the wet rocks looked too difficult and a large debris net above blocks the way, but I was able to climb very steep forest above the cliffs for a view. [photo]20200415_144016.jpg[caption]Waterfall[/photo]

[photo]20200415_142849.jpg[caption]Debris net above dam[/photo]

Later I wanted to do a longer hike higher up but still below the snow line. With the first bare patches on The Cut I thought the old Lower Grouse Mountain Hiway (LGMH) lower down should be snow free. I drove Skyline Drive to the last switchback below the power line. A short distance above is a locked gate and at the next switchback a paved driveway goes up to where the Baden Powell Trail comes down from the last switchback. That is the parking area of the old Grouse Mountain chairlift. The Skyline Trail goes straight up the old lift line while the LGMH climbs diagonally to the right. I usually take a small trail from the last switchback which is a bit of a shortcut. I have hiked part of the LGMH several times before it was named and marked. Now there are red squares with and without LGMH printed on them. A little way up is a large carved wooden sign LGMH with the full name spelled out in ink. Further up a horizontal trail crosses it and beyond the narrow old road became very rough and I saw no more markers. To the right there was a red square, so I followed it, but when the trail didn't continue uphill I realized I had gone wrong but explored a bit further. Then at a blowdown there were no more markers ahead, only a hint of a trail lower down. Above the forest was quite open, so I went straight...

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