Located at an elevation of between 5500 and 5300 ft with the ridge extending in a westerly direction, the recreation area is approximately 3 miles by 2 miles (unofficial) of gently sloped terrain. The area is part of a provincial working forest, where a portion has been logged and replanted. The clear-cut areas and old logging roads are very suitable for winter activities including skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling with two cabins available to warm yourself during the day or for overnight stays.
The elevation of the sub-alpine area falls within the Coastal Snow belt, snowfall begins around November and continues til May. The north slope of the range remains sheltered from the sun and snow can stay on the ground until as late as June. Snow depth ranges from 10 to 18 feet at the peak season in January.
Start from the Highway 101 at the Saltery Bay Ferry Terminal, travel approximately 12 km (7.5 mi) and turn right on Dixon Road, drive for 5km (3 mi), turn onto the Weyerhauser Stillwater Mainline, (Lois Lake is on your right), at Mile 8 turn right at the Tin Hat Junction, past Horseshoe Creek, past Freda Creek, turn left at the Third Lake Road Junction near Mile 13, up the hill, "A" branch is on your right at Mile 15.5, keep going straight past another bridge, then turn right into "E" branch at Mile 16, drive for 3.25 km (2 mi) to the junction of "E" branch and "E100", stay to the right and after approximately 1.5 km (1 mi) you will come to a locked gate. Park off the road, before the gate. The Weyerhauser Mainline is restricted to public access between 5am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. Call the 24/7 Road Access Hotline at 604 485-3132 for more information. The logging roads are mostly gravel and can be rough at different places, a truck, 4 wheel drive or ATV vehicle is recommended but not required.ote: The roads are marked with mile markers and place names, when we say "at Mile 8 turn right" it means turn at the "Mile 8" sign.
The cabins are located in the bowl accessed by Weyerhauser's "E" branch which is an old logging road. The elevation of the cabins is approximately at 3200 ft. Park before the gate which is approximately 1.5 km (1 mi) from the junction between "E100" and "E" branch, it takes about a hour and a half of uphill hiking to get from the gate to the first cabin. The road from the gate up is used as a ski trail so ATV and motorcycle users should avoid using it when there is snow on the ground.
The old Mount Diadem Ski Club lift shack (12'x18') was converted into a winterized cabin which can accommodate up to 8 people for overnight stay. The cabin is closed in, insulated and has a pellet stove for heat. Wood pellets which are donated by either individuals or the Forest Services and are brought up the mountain during the summertime. The supply is usually adequate. There is a propane cook stove and a white gas lantern. A picnic table has been built inside the cabin for dinner seating arrangements. The sleeping area is up in the loft which has a mattress and several pillows. The basement crawl space is used for storage. An outhouse without door is located about 100 feet northeast from the cabin. People using the cabin need to bring their own sleeping pads, sleeping bags, food, dishes, cutlery and pots and pans. Keep the place tidy and pack out all your garbage. Water is available from melting the snow or from the creek at the switchback trail turnoff.
A second cabin is now complete and is located about a mile from the first. These facilities were built by volunteers for the enjoyment of all and are free to use. Please respect them and leave the Cabins as you found them. To ensure the pristine nature of the area please do not cut trees and pack out all garbage as there is no pick up service to the area.
A note on access: There is no need to reserve the cabins, they are unlocked and it's first come first served and you're expected to share the space if need be. Pack out what you pack in and clean up after yourself. There's usually plenty of room. People usually bring extra supplies when they hike up and leave it behind for the next group. The lands are actually in a leased area of crown land (it is not designated parkland but a provincial recreation area, meaning it is not subject to the same rules as parkland and other uses of the area can be developed and changed as required). The cabins are built by volunteers with funds from local government, rotary club, hiking groups and private donations.
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Posted By: CraigH
- Tue Mar 29 13:01:19 EST 2005
CommentThe "E" road is no longer passable approximately 0.5km past the "E100" junction (beside the concrete bridge) unless you have a 4x4 with a winch or an ATV due to a small creek washing out the road (steep sides).
As of March 27th there is about 10" of snow just past the washout on the "E100" road. As we in a single 4x4 vehicle we stopped soon after that.
There are a bunch of photos of the area here: http://www.prfilm.ca/gallery/knuckleheads