We are well into another spring season out here and as the snow melts away to reveal our favourite trails it’s time to start checking up on what’s been hiding under the white blanket all winter. Late Fall and early winter usually bring a few storms with heavy winds that tend to cause a great big mess on the trail for us to find come spring. With a lower snowpack than usual and much less than last year the snow is clearing pretty quickly around here… that means an early start to the business of exploring the damage and starting the trail work.
The Snow Pillow Data taken from Green Mountain gives us a really great snapshot of how the snow melt is looking so far this year. Although we’re not at the Minimum we are well below the Average, this pretty much just confirms what we were all thinking after a mediocre winter for snowfall. Take a look at the Real time data online at the River Forescast Centre website.
The little trail elves have been busy already and most of the trails around Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa have been cleared out. Our wrangler Brennan was busy clearing out the lower section of the North Cinnabar trail as well as the maze of trails behind the campground. Horseback riders won’t have branches hitting them in the head on their rides with Brennan! Brennan has also been busy putting together a great loop for our 3 hour Horseback Rides, this loop will show off some great view points of the entire Bridge River Valley.
The local crew around Tyaughton Lake have been out clearing the top of the North Cinnabar trail as well as some of the trails winding their way through the forest above the Friberg Rec site area. Watch for the TMC brand on the trails along with the corresponding trail name in a bright pink blaze.
The jolly giant, Mr. Geoff Playfair has been extra busy this season cleaning out logging debris off some of the trails he’s built above Gun Creek Road. Curious George, a surefire favourite of anyone who’s ridden it, was logged last summer and had quite a bit of debris remaining. Geoff & Karen along with a couple friends cleared out most of the trail and it’s now ready to go. Be careful of logging equipment in the area and there is some active logging happening so keep your eyes and ears open.
With the ice coming off Spruce Lake a full 2 weeks ahead of last year our crew of Geoff Playfair & Adrian Bostock were able to get into Spruce Lake and clear out the blowdown and deadfall from the Lake all the way along the Gun Creek trail to the end of Gun Creek Road. Took them 2 days but it’s good to go and the Arrow Leaved Balsamroot is already starting to flower! Should be an early season for wildflowers.
The Taylor basin is still full of snow and the High Trail up to the Molly Dog entrance is clear but farther than that the snow is still lingering. Expecting that zone to be explorable by early July.
Watch for more updates on the Warner Lake trail status which we will be clearing out this week (June,10-13). Lone Valley & Mud Lakes, Lorna Lake updates, Crystal Lake & Skycamp to come in the following weeks.
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