Pat and I met this morning at the Osborne Bay Road side of Maple Mountain – the goal being Maple Syrup (Upper and Lower) to the top and then an easy stroll down the climbers route.
Best laid plans and all that.
What I failed to take into account were the changes that logging and mountain bike trail building had wrought on the mountain. Holy cow and all that.
At any rate, we started off fine and then hit an unfamiliar junction. At that point we headed up climbers instead of syrup. Well, that was okay – so many sections had been re-routed that familiar landmarks were gone. No matter – we had a lovely hike to the top where we had lunch. Then, instead of going back down climbers – because why go down the way you came up? – I suggested the lake trail.
Well that was lovely. The catch was that it too had changed once we got to the far side of the lake. So we kept going, mostly on gut instinct. Happily, it worked: the new route took us to the old route and then a new route again and so on. As it turned out, the day ended up being longer than expected.
Did we care? Not a bit. The weather was superb and we hiked through lovely landscapes and had a super time. All day we met only one person – Rick, a mountain biker and trail builder who Pat knows. So it was nice to meet him and to thank him for all the trail clearing he does.
Next up: who knows? The weather forecast for Auger Point is deteriorating. We will not be going on Thursday. Sunday seems to be the first feasible day. I can also join Mike Knippel and gang on the 5-day Thelwood hike, which I do want to do and then Flower Ridge right after. Whew!
I will figure it out. But it does look like a whole ton of alpine is going to crowd together all at once.