Hiking Club

For all of our hikes, participants are reminded to be self-sufficient and to bring water, food, appropriate clothing, and sturdy footwear. Hikers must be physically fit and will be required to sign a waiver before participating. Also, as we like to carpool, remember that drivers need to be reimbursed.

Non-members are welcome to participate in these trips as a way to preview the activities of our club, but are asked to limit their participation to no more than three events before becoming a member. This is a requirement under our liability insurance coverage.

Upcoming Hikes

Wednesday, July 19 Ridge Park $6.25
This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (596145) and signed waiver form is required.
This evening hike will take in the power line right-of-way on Westwood Plateau to gain elevation into the wonderful forest of Ridge Park. There will be a chance for great views overlooking Coquitlam and beyond. Roundtrip distance is 6km with an elevation gain of 245 m. Meet at 6:00 pm. Return approximately 9:00 pm.
Please contact Ian (604.939. 4039) for more info.

Saturday, July 22 Belcarra Trails
For the first portion of this hike we will travel on the scenic Jug Island Trail. While traversing the spine of the peninsula, on our way to our destination, we will have Belcarra and Bedwell Bays on either side of us. We will be shaded by a thick forest of cedar, hemlock and fir trees as we approach a wonderful beach to view Jug Island, a tiny gorgeous island, located just off the northern tip of Belcarra Regional Park. Roundtrip distance for this portion of the hike is 5.5 km (3.4 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 220 m (720 ft). We will stop at the picnic area of Belcarra Regional Park for lunch. For those wishing to push on, we will continue to Admiralty Point. Admiralty Point is a short hike that offers spectacular views of Deep Cove, Mount Seymour, and Burnaby Mountain across the waterways connecting Burrard Inlet with Indian Arm. Roundtrip distance for this portion of the hike is 3.5 km (2.2 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 100 m (330 ft). Meet at 8:30 am. 1/2 day return is 12:30 p.m., with full day return 3:30 pm.
Please contact Michelle (778. 828. 0417) for more info.

Saturday, July 29 Mt. Artaban
Mt. Artaban is the lowest of the three main peaks of Gambier Island. On this moderately strenuous hike we will visit the site of its one-time BC Forest Service lookout tower. The tower has deteriorated to a pile of boards, but outstanding views, especially of the Britannia Range, remain. Roundtrip distance is 10 km (6.2 mi) with an elevation gain of 615 m (2020 ft). Please note that this hike will go ahead only if there is sufficient interest. Since the trailhead is not accessible by the usual ferry service, we will have to arrange for a water taxi.
If cost ($50.00, booked online in advance) is not a deterrent, contact Mark (604. 552. 0727) to register your interest.

Saturday, August 19 Black Mountain and Eagle Bluffs
Great views and lovely small subalpine lakes will greet us in this moderate hike in Cypress Provincial Park. After a fairly steep uphill section of this trail, we’ll come out to a subalpine open area and reach Cabin Lake and soon Black Mountain summit. We go by a few more little lakes before descending into the woods and to Eagle Bluff with spectacular views of the Lower Mainland as well as Horseshoe Bay and Bowen Island. On a clear day, one can see Mount Baker and the Sunshine Coast. Roundtrip distance is 8 km (5 mi) with an elevation gain of 310 m (1015 ft). Meet at 9:00 am. Return 5:00 pm.
Please contact Steve (604. 936. 1160) for more info.

Saturday, August 26 Burke South Summit and Pika Peak
This moderate to difficult hike is a must for keen hikers in the Tri-City area. We will travel on old logging roads through splendid second-growth forest and then on trails where we will experience the old growth of Burke Mountain. We will hear some of the history while enjoying the many waterfalls along the way. Once most of our elevation is gained, we will enter the “lake district,” where the many lakes beckon the hardy for a cool dip. Roundtrip distance is 20 km (12.4 mi) with an elevation gain of 890 m (2920 ft). For Pika Peak, add 3 km (1.9 mi) and 245 m (800 ft) of cumulative elevation gain. Meet at 8:00 am. Return 6:00 pm.
Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info.

DATE CHANGE: Sunday, August 27 UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest (NEW DATE Sept. 9)

Wednesday, August 30 Fraser River Sunset $6.25
This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (596146) and signed waiver form is required.
This evening of exercise and hiking will take in Colony Farm, Citadel Heights, and end with watching a sunset by the Fraser River. Most of the hike is on level ground, but there is one short steep uphill section. Time will be taken to enjoy the views and wildlife in the area. Roundtrip distance is 6.5km with an elevation gain of 80 m. Meet at 6:00pm. Return approximately 8:30pm
Please contact Ian (604.939. 4039) for more info.

Sunday, September 10 Elfin Lakes
This moderate to moderately strenuous hike will take us back to an area we visited in 2014. Once again we will brave the crowds and visit what is by any standards a truly magnificent place. We will visit Elfin Lakes, which are set at the end of an open ridge with breathtaking views of Mt. Garibaldi and Mamquam Mountain. On our previous trip, some hardy souls went for a dip in Elfin Lakes. Roundtrip distance is 22 km (14 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 750 m (2460 ft). Meet at 7:30 am. Return 6:30 pm.
Please contact Steve (604. 936. 1160) for more info.

Saturday, September 9 UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest (NEW DATE)
Join us for a short, but moderate hike through the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Maintained by the Faculty of Forestry at UBC, the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest was established in 1949 from a Crown grant. We will travel in a loop starting from the parking lot at the end of Silver Valley Road. While walking through a beautiful second-growth forest, we will see dogwood, pine, and cedar along mossy paths. There will be still marshes, bushy paths, and a variety of birds to watch like finches, chickadees, crows and more. Roundtrip distance is 8 km (5 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 140 m (460 ft). Meet at 8:30 am. Return 2:00 pm.
Please contact Michelle (778. 828. 0417) for more info.

Saturday, September 16 PoCo Trail Cycle
As a tribute to the end of summer, we would like to offer a cycle trip on the PoCo Trail. This is a 26 km flat route circuit that takes in the Coquitlam River, Colony Farm, Fraser River, Pitt River, DeBoville Slough, and Hyde Creek. Meet at 9:00 am. Return 12:30 pm.
Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info.

Saturday, September 30 High Knoll Minnekhada Park
This hike will be in Minnekhada Regional Park. This park has an abundance of wildlife and the hike will cover most of the trails. The highlight of the day will be a short but steep walk to the High Knoll where the group will be rewarded with great views of the Pitt River Valley, the TriCities, and mountains beyond.
Roundtrip distance is 10 km (6 mi) with an elevation gain of 230 m (755 ft). Meet at 1:00 pm. Return 5:00 pm.
Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info.

Saturday, October 14 Dewdney Peak (Mission)
This moderate, but steep Fraser Valley hike is sometimes referred to as “The Dewdney Grind”. On this hike, we will pass by a memorial cabin dedicated to Ben von Hardenberg, a pilot who lost his life trying to put out a forest fire in 2003. Wonderful views of the Fraser Valley can be seen from a couple of viewpoints. Due to recent logging, the exact route will be determined closer to the hike date. A less strenuous day may be preferred my some with only going as far as the cabin. The full roundtrip distance is 8 km (5 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 840 m (2755 ft). Meet at 8:00 am. Return 5:00 pm.
Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info.

Saturday, October 28 Coquitlam Lake View Trail
In recent years club members have realigned a portion of the Lake View Trail and also built new trail to a slightly higher and much more favourable viewpoint. On this moderate hike we will have an opportunity to see what they’ve done and, if the weather allows, enjoy the new lookout’s stunning views of Coquitlam Lake and Eagle Ridge. Roundtrip distance is about 9.6 km (6 mi) with an elevation gain of 640 m (2100 ft). Meet at 9:00 am. Return 4:00 pm.
Please contact Mark (604. 552. 0727) for more info.

More Strenuous Hikes

These trips are for the more experienced hiker and require a higher level of fitness. To register your interest in any of them, please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) or Mark (604. 552. 0727). Arrangements will be made as the summer develops.

Tangled Summit (Eagle Peak)
18.5 km (11.5 mi); 1150 m (3773 ft) elev. gain; 8 hrs

Hanes Valley
18 km (11.2 mi); 1100 m (3610 ft) elev. gain; 8 hrs

Skywalk & Kevin’s Home Run
22 km (13.7 mi); 1000 m (3280 ft) elev. gain; 10 hrs

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