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Vincenzo from Vancouver writes:

Day-hiked this trail yesterday in 11 hours. There's no snow until after the emergency shelter, and what snow is after the shelter is avoidable. The view from the top was spectacular, and not hindered much by the smoke from the forest fires. There were some biting flies at higher elevations that were a minor hinderance, but were manageable.

    Posted: August 13, 2017 12:30:58 PM PST


    Charles F from North Vancouver writes:

    We made it there alive on July 15th. LOTS of freaking flies when clear skies in between the 8km mark and the ridge, making it unbearable to stop. The last 3-4kms before the ridge are very rough, lots of walls to climb, definitely earns its "difficult" rating. The ridge itself is covered in snow, there's limited spots to put your tent out of the snow, so be ready to set in the snow if you do the trail soon. Temperature dropped under 10Âșc at night, we had multiple layers of warms clothes, and pants.

    The view from there is incredible, it's completely worth all the effort and complications.

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      Posted: July 17, 2017 01:46:49 PM PST


      Oskar from Vancouver writes:

      Made it to the peak of the summit yesterday it was a nice clear day and the 360 view was amazing. This was my first hike although in good shape with climbing skill, it was difficult at the ice and snow patch before the final rocks to summit. Your hands get cold at the final stretch in the snow and ice, definety some gloves or Equiptment would have helped. There was a ton of snow and ice up there in mid July. Other difficulties were tons of flies at midpoint to about the shelter and just the stamina to finish off the trail.Took us exactly 12 hours with about 4 breaks for food, water, photos from the gold creek parking lot. 6.5 hours to summit and 5.5 hours back. We were a group of four ages 21,26,48,57 and a dog. We all made it to the top but the dog only got to right before the rocks to summit.

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        Posted: July 16, 2017 12:25:39 PM PST


        Nehme from Vancouver writes:

        Hiked this trail yesterday. The way to Panorama ridge is mostly free of snow but there is still some. After that, there is a lot of snow on the way to the top of Golden Ears. I highly recommend poles for going up the steep snow. It's a bit more challenging on the way down but we managed by sliding down some of the steep snow (make sure you're not near a ridge). The view at the top is spectacular 360!

        p.s. It took us around 9 and a half hours at fast pace (hiking, no running).

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          Posted: July 16, 2017 10:10:21 AM PST


          Georgia from Ontario writes:

          Hiked to the ridge on July 5! Very beautiful but lots and lots of little bugs. Annoying but didn't bite. Still too snowy to do the summit but the ridge offers stunning 360 mountain views. Patchy snow to the ridge but doable with boots.

            Posted: July 6, 2017 07:17:59 PM PST


            Kelly from VANCOUVER writes:

            Hiked the trail this weekend. Still quite a bit of snow on the ridge but doable with good shoes, preferably spikes/crampons. Made it to emergency shelter. Probably best to start early, we started from the beach before 6am and snow was fairly good going up but really slushy on way back. Met a few people who camped up top. Hope that helps!

              Posted: July 3, 2017 08:52:06 PM PST


              Jason from North Van writes:

              Have anyone hiked the trail in the past few days? Wondering how's the snow condition up there. And if it's possible to camp. Thanks a lot.

                Posted: July 3, 2017 05:40:43 PM PST


                Jane from Burnaby writes:

                Hi,were planning to hike this June 1st....where can we pay an overnight stay.Thankyou soo much

                  Posted: June 27, 2017 10:28:20 PM PST


                  Kayla from Ridge writes:

                  Hey has anyone done this week hike recently I'm just wondering about the current condition lookng to do the hike in a week or so

                    Posted: June 13, 2017 03:07:18 PM PST


                    Richard Vander veen from Vancouver writes:

                    I did this hike Sept 20 2016 .I have done many many hikes in the lower mainland my self and this hike was a total surprise .Started at 10 am and was back at the parking lot around 6 pm .Very steep terrain and you must pay attention to the orange markers ,At one point coming back down I was lost for around 10 min ,In that case just hike back up until you see any orange markers keep calm and then start to go down sure enough I saw more markers and followed back down Thank god .When I arrived at the hut I hiked almost to the summit but it is not well marked at all so I stopped there had lunch hiked back down .I was worried about darkness and since being on my own I did the right decision .A lot of scrambling once you past the emergency hut . I also started to get leg cramps .WHICH WAS A SCARE .I ate a bannana and a cliff bar .Ii put in a electrolyte tablet in about 2 hours on the way down the cramps settled down some what ,This is a huge hike for one day with 24 k and 1500 vertical . I would like to know is it 12 ks to the emergency hut only ? Thanks Rick.

                      Posted: September 22, 2016 07:47:44 AM PST


                      Nicola from Maple Ridge writes:

                      Hi
                      My friends and I are planning on sleeping at the top on October first. I am wondering if anyone has summited recently (mid September) and if so is there water/snow at the top? We are wondering how much water to bring.
                      Thanks,
                      Nicola

                        Posted: September 11, 2016 09:33:23 PM PST


                        YG from Surrey writes:

                        Did it on Aug 28, 2016. It was a cloudy day, but that did not stop us. We started to climb at 7:30 am it took up 4h to get to the cabin/shelter. We encounter several hikers coming down on our way up. It seems that lots of people prefer to camp overnight which is understandable since the hike is not easy. The path starts real nice; then it gets tough after the 6km mark. Make sure to follow the signs, so you don't get lost. I only drank 2L out of my 3L of water. After the cabin it took us 45min to reach the top, it was cloudy at first, but once it cleared up the view was breath taken. Make sure to save energy for the hike down, it was truly a challenge, plus it started to rain, so everything was slippery.
                        The whole trip was done in little more than 10h.
                        BTW make sure to bring a marker to record your time and leave a message for future hikers to see inside the cabin/shelter.
                        Good luck and have a good hike.

                          Posted: August 30, 2016 01:38:43 AM PST


                          YG from Surrey writes:

                          Did it on Aug 28, 2016. It was a cloudy day, but that did not stop us. We started to climb at 7:30 am it took up 4h to get to the cabin/shelter. We encounter several hikers coming down on our way up. It seems that lots of people prefer to camp overnight which is understandable since the hike is not easy. The path starts real nice; then it gets tough after the 6km mark. Make sure to follow the signs, so you don't get lost. I only drank 2L out of my 3L of water. After the cabin it took us 45min to reach the top, it was cloudy at first, but once it cleared up the view was breath taken. Make sure to save energy for the hike down, it was truly a challenge, plus it started to rain, so everything was slippery.
                          The whole trip was done in little more than 10h.
                          BTW make sure to bring a marker to record your time and leave a message for future hikers to see inside the cabin/shelter.
                          Good luck and have a good hike.

                            Posted: August 29, 2016 01:40:41 PM PST


                            Stephen from Surrey writes:

                            Spent the night up on the ridge on Friday night, and summited (in the fog) on Saturday morning. Still steady snowmelt runoff just past the shelter.

                            I went last year in October, probably shortly after the post-summer cleanup of the shelter and surrounding area. This year, the camping area and shelter at Panorama Ridge are despicable! Garbage left everywhere. I camped a kilometre down the ridge and saw discarded sleeping bags, bottles, and assorted trash in the bushes. The outhouse is full to the brim - almost definitely due to idiots leaving garbage in the toilet.

                            I appreciate that websites like this help more hikers access the beautiful areas around Vancouver, but some more emphasis should be placed on "leave no trace" hiking and camping. Please - show some respect to Mother Nature and the other people enjoying the trails! It is not difficult to pack out what you packed in (or more, if you're generous).

                              Posted: August 29, 2016 12:41:35 PM PST


                              Dave from Vancouver writes:

                              Made it up earlier today. Good fun and chatted with a lot of friendly people.

                              The first bit beyond the emergency hut is quite poorly marked. You'll typically want to hold left, climbing along the ridge up to the summit. I took a bad turn and ended up doing some unplanned rock climbing to get back on the trail!

                              If you're hoping to reach the summit, you'll want to get an early start, and only go up on clear days. If it gets cloudy, it can obscure the way up at the top, and that'll only lead to trouble.

                              As of right now, the trail conditions are quite good. There's still snow at the top, but you don't need to walk over any of it on the way to the summit. The melt also provides for some drinking water if you've got a filter. Wouldn't rely on this if you're reading at any time other than of this writing though, as conditions will have likely changed.

                              At a moderate pace with few breaks, took about 5h10m to the summit, and about 10h15m round trip. As an adult male, I needed about 3.5L of water to complete the trail on a ~21C day. Good luck!

                                Posted: August 22, 2016 02:54:50 AM PST


                                Emily from Abbotsford writes:

                                Hello,

                                What an amazing hike! Hiked it on July 24. Stayed on the ridge and had a beautiful view right out the tent to Pitt Lake and the mountains beyond. First time overnighters and it was a blast.

                                Took us about 4.5hr to the ridge and then 2 hours roundtrip from ridge to top back to ridge. Going to the top was rough due to snow and rocks, take your time. It's well worth the view! =]

                                Emily

                                  Posted: August 16, 2016 10:36:07 AM PST


                                  G from Vancouver writes:

                                  Hi all!

                                  How long does it take to get from the West canyon parking lot to Panorama ridge?
                                  And from the ridge to the summit?
                                  Thanks!

                                    Posted: August 11, 2016 06:01:03 PM PST


                                    Paige Catlin from Burnaby writes:

                                    Trail was great! Hiked up all the way to the peak, beautiful views!!!!! I also LEFT MY CAMERA in the parking lot if anyone has found it please call me at 6048363945. Its very precious to me so please if you find it let me know!

                                    thank you!

                                      Posted: August 1, 2016 09:55:53 PM PST


                                      Rosy Biesty from Maple Ridge writes:

                                      There are no trees in Panorama Ridge, it is above the tree line. We hiked up three times. Only made it up once. Took me 13 hours round trip to the top, but was slowed down by the snow above the hut 2 years go.

                                      Haven't seen bears up there , but passed hikers who had. Well worth the hike.

                                        Posted: July 21, 2016 12:57:04 AM PST


                                        Rosy Biesty from Maple Ridge writes:

                                        There are no trees in Panorama Ridge, it is above the tree line. We hiked up three times. Only made it up once. Took me 13 hours round trip to the top, but was slowed down by the snow above the hut 2 years go.

                                        Haven't seen bears up there , but passed hikers who had. Well worth the hike.

                                          Posted: July 21, 2016 12:49:45 AM PST


                                          Ashley from Burnaby writes:

                                          I have a sleeping hammock to camp in, was hoping to stay at Panorama Ridge. Does anyone know if finding trees to tie to will be an issue?

                                          Thanks for any help!

                                            Posted: July 15, 2016 09:48:51 AM PST


                                            Judi from Vancouver writes:

                                            Can anyone tell me if they have seen bears on hike? Just wondering where to store food

                                              Posted: July 13, 2016 05:23:50 PM PST


                                              Richard from Vancouver writes:

                                              Hiked Golden ears on the 18th of June with 3 other people.
                                              The day started overcast but half way up the rain began and gradually became worse making the trail quite slippy.
                                              At around the 9km mark the snow begins but it is quite compacted up to the shelter (a good pair of waterproof boots are needed).
                                              If you are planning on going pass the shelter, then crampons are a must as it gets quite tricky along the trail to the peak (which hasn't been traveled by many people throughout the winter season). Near the peak be very careful to stay away from edges of the cliff faces as there are a lot of overhanging snow banks.

                                              It will be well into July before all the snow melts (at the earliest). It is a quite a long hike a good level of fitness is needed. If you are going over the next week be careful as the rainfall was so heavy, there were lots of large puddles the entire way down and the trail paths were like streams all the way down.
                                              We didn't have good weather that day but the views are incredible normally.

                                                Posted: June 19, 2016 11:35:04 PM PST


                                                Brendan from Vancouver writes:

                                                June 5th, 2016
                                                4 of us went Car to hut in about 5.5hrs including a lunch break. 4.5 back down with a lot of stops to cool off.

                                                This was a very hot day. We were happy to find ourselves in tree cover for most of trek up to the start of the ridge but from there it was pretty exposed.

                                                This is a very challenging trail after alder flats and the heat didn't help. Snow line started at the base of the ridge and made for some slippery going. Slush can give out in places causing one to step into a hole. We could probably have pushed on to the peak but within crampons we didn't think it was safe. Plus, the flies were so bad on the ridge that we couldn't take much more. One of our guys seemed to be allergic and was losing his mind!

                                                You definitely want to bring sunglasses and a hat as its bright and exposed up high. I would recommend you visit a dollar store and snag some mosquito hats - you will thank me. Maybe you could eve sell some for $20 up there.

                                                There was easy water sources up until alder flats. There are a few more beyond but they are trickles so full up at the flats.

                                                  Posted: June 6, 2016 01:34:05 AM PST


                                                  David from Vancouver writes:

                                                  Made the roundtrip hike to summit on 21 May, 2016. Snow begins as the trail reaches the top of the ridge. Snow was consistent all the way to the top except for a few short scramble sections at the very top to achieve the summit. Beyond the emergency shelter I used crampons and ice ax, but more as a physical aid than as a safety necessity; a few others hikers comfortably reached the top without them. Snow sections are fairly compacted, but gaiters were useful for keeping feet dry when the snow loosened up in the afternoon.

                                                  Doing the whole hike roundtrip makes for a long day for the average hiker given the length of trail and elevation gain. Consider breaking it up over two days if you like to take your time. I prefer to hike light and sleep in a bed, so for me the long day is worth it.

                                                    Posted: May 22, 2016 12:21:22 PM PST


                                                    Greg Curtiss from Coquitlam writes:

                                                    Just hiked this trail May 14/2016. Trail is in very good condition up to the small viewpoint near 9 km mark ( elevation 3020 ft). At this point the ground is still pretty damp and the bugs are quite heavy. Had reports from groups coming down that the snow line was approx 20 min further ahead with snow depths remaining of 6-10 feet on the ridge. Further uphill travel would require gaiters with micro-spikes, hiking poles or ice axe. Difficult route finding. My first time hiking in this area. Very nice day hike with a few dramatic views on a well marked and maintained trail.
                                                    Noticeable increase in difficulty and steeper grade past Alder Flats. Important to note gate to this park is locked from 11 PM until 7 AM so early starts require sleeping inside the park gate.

                                                      Posted: May 16, 2016 09:47:59 AM PST


                                                      Kate from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                      Hiked to Alder Flats with my boyfriend today(2016/01/03). We've had nothing but sunshine for the last week or so, so the trail was fairly packed down and slippery in spots. We just had hikers and it was fine as long as we watched our footing. Crampons would have been helpful but we didn't need snow shoes to get right up to the helipad at Alder Flats. According to the trail markers it's about 5.5 km to AF. It took us 4 hours round trip with some breaks for photos and a snack at the top. We got to the fork for the lower valley trail at about one hour in, Gold Creek Lookout at 1hr20, to the top by 2hrs, back to the fork at 3hrs20 and out by 4hrs (to the minute, actually).
                                                      My boyfriend wanted to add that "it was a magical winter wonderland" hah but it really was quite scenic the whole way through. Highly recommended and we didn't find it all that difficult.

                                                        Posted: January 3, 2016 11:14:24 PM PST


                                                        Georgia from Vancouver writes:

                                                        I did this hike last weekend. Some info!

                                                        The first part of the hike to Alder Flats is very easy and only took about 1.5 hours. The next section to the start of the stairs was a little more steep but still quite straightforward. From the stairs on it got very steep, quite slippery and required quite a bit of scrambling up very steep rocks and tree roots. Hands and feet all needed to be involved to climb up.

                                                        My husband and I are fairly average hikers, not super fit, and the hike from the carpark to the emergency hut took us about 5.5 hours. We met some people up the top who took 4.5 hours so if you're fit you could get up there fairly fast!

                                                        We were some of the first people to the campsite at about 1pm, but people kept arriving until almost sunset. There are some good grassy spots to camp just beyond the emergency shelter, a few grassy good spots between the stairs and the emergency shelter and a few rocky spots around the emergency shelter. We counted between 15 and 20 tents in the area, so quite a few campers! There aren't any good spots to hang food from bears and animals, but you can put it in the emergency shelter. The porta-pottie at the emergency shelter is disgusting. It's almost full to seat level with every human secretion you can think of, along with rubbish and food scraps. Be prepared.

                                                        We were planning to hike to the summit in the morning but a few other campers told us it's very often misty in the mornings and the early afternoon usually has the clearest sky and best views. We took their advice and continued the hike to the summit that afternoon, which took maybe another 45 min or so. The view is amazing- all the way to the Island, Mt Baker and other mountains/glaciers/alpine lakes in every other direction.

                                                        There is no snow between the emergency shelter and the summit at all. This means the scramble up is very manageable if you're comfortable with scrambling- it's not slippery and there are good foot and hand holds. However the water is a little sparse; there are a few small trickles running between the emergency hut and the summit (maybe 10 mins up) but you'd want to bring a pump or purifying tablets.

                                                        The sunset and sunrise were beautiful from the campsites. Amazing.

                                                        On our second day, the fog was only lifting close to midday (we were most the way down by then) so I'm glad we summited in the evening. It took us 4.75 hours to descend, mostly getting down the section between the camp and the stairs.

                                                        We saw kids as young as 10, adults in their 50s or 60s, tiny dogs (who needed to be carried in some areas) and larger dogs. Seemed to be fairly accessible as long as you're relatively fit and sure footed. Highly recommended.

                                                          Posted: September 13, 2015 06:45:42 PM PST


                                                          Dom from Vancouver writes:

                                                          Completed this hike including the summit last weekend. Note that the "permanent" snow field is non-existent this year.

                                                          Was very impressed by how well marked it is, although from panorama ridge to summit is less so.

                                                          Beautiful views for a large proportion of the hike, unlike many of the hikes in the lower mainland which are almost all in the tree line. Would concur with what others have said about leaving lots of time.; we finished around 5pm and even then we were losing a lot of light in the final few kilometers.

                                                            Posted: August 19, 2015 05:16:39 PM PST


                                                            Graham from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                            Diabetic - 39 years old. 6 sweet and salty granola bars, and two Knorr sidekick meals. One small bag of beef jerky. Hiked this trail on August 7th to 8th 2015. Myself, a bud, and his two daughters. Left the parking lot at 4pm and arrived at alder flats with all of our camping gear. Camped over night with the plan to leave our extra gear in the tent while we did the summit.

                                                            Late that night (11:30 or so?) we heard a loud bang and our tent lit up with light from the sky! Must've been a flare. My buddy said to me, "What should we do??" "There really isn't anything we can do," I said. About 25 minutes later, we heard a group of three hikers walk past!!! Nuts! They were going up the hill! No idea about the flare. If it was you, I hope you're okay!

                                                            I digress... I brought 3 litres of water and 2 bottles of gatorade. Brought both gatorades + 4 granola bars with me from Alder Flats to go up the summit.

                                                            We left the flats at 7am and reached the shelter at 11am. Note that the first 3k climb from Alder Flats is moderately steep and ROCKY. It's like walking up a river bed. I had a low bg on the way up the path, so I had a bar. The rocky path is okay going up, but coming down... I'll talk about that later.

                                                            After you clear the river bed, it's a nice hike up through the forest to a nifty little peak where the view is AWESOME. Ate a granola bar due to a low bg. This time, we were closer to the height of the surrounding mountains. After a short jaunt downhill, it goes back up to another little peak. Fun! One more of those, then a little walk west and boom! We're looking over Pitt Lake! It's a relatively easy hike up to the shelter from there. Moderately steep but very well marked.

                                                            Before I left I spoke to my son, who'd done the hike in late April. He said that I should be very careful cause once you're overlooking Pitt Lake, the trail isn't very well marked. "Also, if there's no snow, it might be easy to get lost since there won't be footprints to follow." All this said, you can imagine my surprise on two fronts. First, I was super happy that the trail was indeed marked very well. Every time you pass a marker, with a look up, you can see the next. There was only one or two spots where we had to walk 20 or 30 steps to see the next flag or marker.

                                                            The second thing that surprised me and saddened me equally, was the fact that all of the stories about a permanent snow field were NOT FOUNDED. Dry. Dry dry dry. No snow and very little water anywhere.

                                                            That aside, once we got to the emergency shelter there was a group of people that hiked up late the night before. They said that they'd started the hike at about 11pm!!! They made it to the shelter and stopped. "Thank goodness for the shelter!" they said. They seemed unprepared. We'd not seen another person on the hill before that since the flats.

                                                            At that point, my buddy said that his thighs were starting to cramp up really badly, so he opted out of the summit, but his daughters and myself wanted to continue. We left our small backpack and him at the shelter with the three people. They'd said that another group of two had gone past about an hour before us. We never saw them previously so they must have gone up earlier and camped somewhere on Panorama Ridge.

                                                            Up we went! From the shelter it was like walking on the moon for the first 30 minutes. No snow, no trees, all rocks. Lots of markers telling us which way to go. Very nice.

                                                            Once we got to the top of the first ridge, suddenly my iPhone came alive with text messages and emails! Full bars with 3G! Called my wife, sent her some pictures. There were some tress on the ridge, but they're all about 6 - 8 feet tall.

                                                            For me, the next part of the hike became nerve wracking! It's crazy steep (rock climbing), and mistakes or slips would mean the worst. At least there's no snow. One of the things I really enjoy about hiking up high places, is taking large rocks and tossing them over the edges. I have a video that I took on the hike where I toss a rock off an edge and count to 5 before you hear it hit anything. THEN, the rocks start to fall... and the noise echoes throughout the valley between the peak and the shelter for 20 seconds at least! We had a brief conversation with two hikers coming down. We were like 5 minutes from the summit. The trick to climbing this is to keep your eyes on the hill in front of you and think about each step. Up up up for the last 100 meters or so and boom! We're at the peak!

                                                            One of the girls I was with didn't sleep very well the night before and had been yawning most of the way up. When we got there, she lay down on a large flat rock and promptly fell asleep! (I got video of her snoring!) Hahah!

                                                            About 20 minutes later she woke up shivering cause it got a bit windy and cold. Took a few more pictures and down we went.

                                                            The climb back down from the peak to the shelter went just fine, but boy was I nervous. One step at a time, and take it easy down to the ridge where Fido has service. (I think it's overlooking the valley where the ice caves can be hiked to from below) It's south facing.

                                                            Turning North back towards the shelter is a rocky downhill walk. It was here when I finished my second bottle of gatorade. When we got there, my buddy was in there shivering! It was cold for him due to the wind and lack of movement. I'd guess 7 degrees C at 1240pm. We'd only left him there about an hour and 45 minutes before. He was okay. There were three groups on their way up that stopped at the shelter... One of which was saying that he had climbed golden ears on that weekend every year for the past 15. He said that until two years ago, he had no idea that there was a small valley between the shelter and the little pond west of the hut. AND this was the first time he'd ever seen absolutely no snow in that valley! It's usually a flat walk across west to where the pond is.

                                                            Leaving panorama ridge, we past quite a few hikers headed for the top. I hope they made it up and down safely! Go team!

                                                            The only thing I'll say about hiking down is the freaking river bed from kilometre ~10 to ~7. It's a knee/thigh/foot killer. More water would've been nice too. Though for the weight, I'm not sure that it would've been beneficial. Once back to Alder flats, we stopped to pack up our stuff and have a quick bite to eat. Thank goodness for the break!

                                                            Packed our backpacks and hiked out. Back to the parking lot by 545. Home by 6.

                                                            Highlights:
                                                            No snow at all, right to the top.
                                                            AMAZING VIEWS
                                                            Varying terrain.
                                                            Nice people on the hill.
                                                            Photos and videos

                                                            Pros:
                                                            Views.
                                                            Varying terrain.
                                                            Picture opportunities everywhere!
                                                            Great exercise.

                                                            Cons:
                                                            Sucky riverbed climb and descent just up from alder flats.
                                                            No snow!
                                                            No water past alder flats at the beginning of August.
                                                            More dangerous than advertised just down from the summit even with no snow. (BE CAREFUL)

                                                              Posted: August 12, 2015 03:31:03 PM PST


                                                              Kaitlin from North Vancouver writes:

                                                              In addition to my last comment (should have clarified)
                                                              We never ended up finding Alder Flats, pitched where we could...still have no idea where it is! I would do some good research to make sure you know (and not wandering aimlessly in the rain at dinner time ;) )

                                                                Posted: August 7, 2015 10:17:56 AM PST


                                                                Kaitlin from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                Came back from the hike yesterday August 6th and wanted to note anyone looking for Alder Flats - there is an orange diamond about 4.5km in that points to the left and says "Alder Flats" IGNORE this. It was misleading and ended confusing our party about where and how far we had gone.
                                                                Great hike but WET so everything was slippery and took longer than expected. Need to go back and do it again when we can have a view from Panorama!

                                                                  Posted: August 7, 2015 10:10:25 AM PST


                                                                  Sam from Surrey writes:

                                                                  Just got back from this hike and it was tough but the summit makes it definitely worth it. I am very glad we broke it up into two days though and would recommend this to others as its definitely a challenging 10-12 hour hike roundtrip. We hiked up to the emergency hut on day one and then the summit and down today. Camping at the top was good fun but spots are sparse. We decided to go light and just use sleeping bags and foamies which worked well for us.
                                                                  Also, do note that there is a water source by the Emergency Hut if you have a filter or drops. There was a sign near Alder Flats noting that it was the last water spot but this is wrong and unnecessarily had us conserving water.

                                                                    Posted: August 3, 2015 04:00:10 PM PST


                                                                    Kaley from Vancouver writes:

                                                                    Just did this hike yesterday and camped up top with my dog. The trail is pretty well marked along the route. There are a quite few junctions but if you follow the signs and markers and pay attention, it should all be good. Overall, a pretty decent trail but it was exhausting with a heavy pack on. A lot of slippery roots and rocks once past Alder Flats. The descent is killer, just destroyed my knees.

                                                                    My Husky mix did fine on this hike. The main problem is that there is barely any water. Only the first 5.5km has any significant amount of water (and then none til the top). So make sure you bring enough for yourself (and your furry friend!). There is a small ladder climb that he couldn't do but there's a small side trail off to the side. He always surprises me on how easily he scrambles up rocks. He loved it.

                                                                    A lot of wildlife on the trail! Saw a Pica, a huge deer and a lot of birds. Also fresh black beer scat along the trail closer to the top, must have wandered through during the night.

                                                                      Posted: June 18, 2015 02:35:43 PM PST


                                                                      Dom from Vancouver writes:

                                                                      One of the most rewarding hikes I've done. There was virtually no snow on the trail and just patches of snow along the way. Took us about 8-9 hours to complete as we went past the Shelter to summit.

                                                                      The bug level was insane on June 6th. It was a relentless attack once you get to the shelter. Don't know if its common.

                                                                        Posted: June 15, 2015 12:21:14 PM PST


                                                                        Jenny from Port Moody writes:

                                                                        Has anyone done this trail with a dog? My guy managed Dilly Dally Loop last weekend so if this is comparable he'd be fine but I'd appreciate any feedback. He's a chow/husky Mutt so pretty big and rugged but not liftable!

                                                                          Posted: June 5, 2015 08:43:33 AM PST


                                                                          sunshowers from Vancouver writes:

                                                                          My husband and I went this weekend and camped at Alder Flats. The trail is very easy for the first section, wide and gravel paved, with some gentle climbs and descents. After the wet weather for the last several weeks, the trail started getting really soggy in the second half to Alder Flats. It also gets steeper and the trail is much less manicured. There were many sections with water running down the trail, and lots of deep, sticky mud. It was still really beautiful, just watch your footing on the slippery rocks and roots. It took us around 2 and a half hours to Alder Flats, including time to stop and take pictures.

                                                                          The campsite was surprisingly not that much of a campsite. We had read that there would be gravel pads, but most of the areas that were big enough for a tent were soggy dirt. We walked around a bit before picking a spot to pitch our tent, and there seemed to be fewer than 10 spots. There were a lot of people milling around, confused, when we got there because there isn't a sign for Alder Flats, and the continuation of the trail to Panorama Ridge wasn't very well marked. But it was nice, with an outhouse and close to a river with clear water (we still boiled it before drinking). The rocky riverbed was totally dry next to where we pitched our tent, and I wonder if the entire riverbed fills with water in summer.

                                                                          After pitching our tent and eating lunch, we decided to check out the trail to Panorama Ridge. After about a km, we reached a lookout with an amazing view of the snowcapped mountains on the other side of the canyon. It was gorgeous and we hoped to see the view from higher up. But a little further up, there was so much water running down the trail that it was basically a stream. We kept going for about half an hour before deciding to turn back down, as it wasn't getting any better. When we got back to Alder Flats, we ran into a hiker who had gone all the way to the top, and he said the last 3km of trail was under a foot of snow.

                                                                          Hiking back down the next morning was easier, since the mud had dried somewhat. It took us about 2 hours at a leisurely pace.

                                                                            Posted: April 5, 2015 09:57:14 PM PST


                                                                            Katie from Prince George writes:

                                                                            Hi, can this trail be completed in April?

                                                                              Posted: March 31, 2015 11:54:42 PM PST


                                                                              Tara from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                              Did this hike yesterday with two friends.

                                                                              Just a heads up: as you continue along the trail after the first clearing, you'll hike upstream for a long time & there aren't a lot of markers to let you know that you're on the right track. After the riverbed & a little more forest, then you reach the part where it says you see 'a tree log in the trail with a section cut out of it.'

                                                                              The first 6km or so is pretty easy, and the last 6 km are fairly uphill. Definitely doable in a day though- even in fall when there is less daylight. Lots of places to refill water, so you don't need to carry a lot with you.

                                                                              We were a little unsure where to head after panorama ridge/reaching the emergency hut, so we kind of just guessed and went up the rocks a bit. Apparently you can continue to the summit, but it isn't well marked.

                                                                                Posted: September 28, 2014 05:32:31 PM PST


                                                                                Alex from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                Did this hike on July 26th, went all the way up to the summit. If you plan to complete this in 1 day, and climb the summit, I'd recommend starting as early as possible, because otherwise you'd be risking descending in the dark. This is probably the most challenging 1 day hike I've done in lower mainland. The views from the summit are absolutely astounding, so I highly recommend giving this one a shot.

                                                                                  Posted: July 29, 2014 10:13:17 AM PST


                                                                                  Agadom from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                  Did the hike on 10th of July, camping on Panorama Ridge, near the hut. We were the only people camping up there that night.
                                                                                  Great hike, easy to get lost in some sections, not as great marked as other trails. Starts to get technical after Alder Flats. Make sure you bring enough water, especially on hot summer days. You can only get water at the base, Alder Flats and then at Panorama Ridge.
                                                                                  All in all, a great adventure that everybody should do at least once. Also you can't pay camping fees at the car park, so make sure you pay online before you arrive. It's a challenge hiking with all camping gear, but it's worth it. The views and the sunset are amazing!
                                                                                  We hiked the summit the next morning.

                                                                                    Posted: July 23, 2014 10:34:56 PM PST


                                                                                    Ray from Mission writes:

                                                                                    I have hiked the alpine hut 4 times and have continued on to the summit twice - once when I was 21 and the second time when I was 40. Never camped, always a same day event. When I was 21, it seemed I skipped up and back. The second time, I was very tired especially kick stepping up the snow filed. I wasn't in nearly as good as shape. I felt like collapsing when I finally got back to the parking lot. Was a 7am to dark hike for sure. It gave me a real sense of accomplishment both times. I found going down harder both times as you tend to want to really push it and it can be hard on the knees. I am trying it again next month with my 22 year old daughter. I am now 53. I may camp out at Alder Flats. Not sure if I am up to a another 1 day slog.

                                                                                      Posted: July 6, 2014 07:39:36 PM PST


                                                                                      Raj from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                      How long is the hike to Alder flats from the parking lot?

                                                                                      Will this plan work in Aug? Start at 6pm from parking lot -> Hike to Alder Flats -> Camp overnight -> leave tents there -> complete hike early next morning to return down to car by late afternoon.

                                                                                        Posted: June 20, 2014 12:17:48 PM PST


                                                                                        Wendell Seldura from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                        The sense of accomplishment of doing this whole hike was astounding!

                                                                                        I did this hike late summer of 2013 and I have done many hikes this summer (Mt. Baker, Garibaldi Lake, Wedgemount Lake, Lindeman Lake, Chekamus Lake, Eagle Bluffs, Three Brothers at Manning Park,Mt. Seymour, Buntzen Lake) but this hike takes it to another level.

                                                                                        This was the most difficult I have ever done. I thought Wedgemount was difficult but Golden Ears was a lot more strenuous and dangerous!

                                                                                        We camped at Alder Flats and started the second day so the whole hike we did the second day was just 19 km instead of the total of 24 and it took us 13 hours from Alder Flats to the Peak back to Alder Flats and to the parking lot. Included was the time we spent packing our tent though at Alder Flats.

                                                                                        The hike towards the peak was very difficult and included nearly vertical ascent and the rocks and roots were very slippery as it probably rained the few days before and there was continuous mist. We were enveloped with clouds all throughout our ascent so we were not able to see the marvelous views of Pitt Lake and other nearby mountains.

                                                                                        When we reached the summit, we were above the clouds and we could see the peaks of the other mountains at 360 degrees above the clouds. Man, it was ABSOLUTELY DIVINE!

                                                                                        The hike down was as hard as getting up and we slipped and tripped many times.
                                                                                        The very rocky riverbed on the lower trail from Alder Flats to the parking lot was hell as our feet were very tired.

                                                                                        We were caught by darkness for over two hours and we were just dragging our bodies through the dark as we were so tired.

                                                                                        I would definitely do this hike again in a heartbeat, maybe when the day is longer in the middle of the summer next year!

                                                                                          Posted: September 9, 2013 09:57:21 PM PST


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