finally 2007 snow is here :o)
12.11.2007 -1 °C
The 2006 winter season in Vancouver was for sure the best skiing season in the last 10 years. So after a temperature dropped down to -4 Celsius on the top of the Coast mountains peaks, we have decided to go and check out how does it looks like with a snow fall up there... And we have chosen very nice hike to do so, the Elfin lake hike trail.
To get to the Elfin lake you drive from Vancouver to Squamish, turn right off Hwy 99 onto Mamquam Road and follow the paved road past the Squamish Golf and Country Club and then take the logging road just past the Mashiter Creek bridge. It is 16 km from the highway to a parking lot which is located at the 914 metre level.
Before you get there, do not forget to take 3$ in cash to pay your parking ticket :o). The length is 11 km and suggested time is 3 to 5 hours one way and elevation change is about 600 metres, so its very easy hike for a family day trip.
There was no snow at the parking lot when we got there, and it stayed like that for about 2 km of the trail. But the frosty morning and chili air was telling us that snow is in the air After we gained about 200 meters in elevation we started to hike in the frozen snow trail and the creek on our left side was barely running water and the ice appeared to be stronger and thicker with every mile passed After we passed the first ranger shelter, we turned to the right to the bikers trail, because the summer hiking trail was already closed for snow. And here we could see that first back country skiers had already been here testing beautiful white slopes above the trail. We were passing many people who decided to enjoy a sunny day as us, and because snow was packed and frozen we did not need to use the snowshoes at all. The advantage of this hike is that once you pass the range shelter you can enjoy very nice landscape views and the best one waits for you at the end of the trail at the Elfin lake So yes, the winter season has arrived and I wish we had our skis with us, then we would not need to hike back in our footsteps and we could just fly downhill end feel the sunny spells with the wind in our faces... but we can still do it next time :o) thou