Trail goes up along a logging road, then goes through a swampy area. From here it goes approx 40% grade to Drum Lake. This lake is only a pond and only a foot deep. There are 2 marked trails , but stay in the open areas so you don't get caught going into the rock slide area.
Go past the Coquihalla toll booth, heading East, and go approx 15 mins to the Juliet exit. Stay to the right and go under the hi-way, and go approx 7.5 kms up the road, staying to the left when you cross the bridge at around 4km. The trailhead is about 1.5 kms past the 7.5km mark, but with a low clearance van, I coulcn't make it. A 4x4 would easily make it to the trailhead, when going up, stay to the right when any side roads appear. The trailhead is easily marked by a forest service sign.
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Posted By: aafke51
- Tue Sep 02 16:00:28 UTC 2014
UpsideBeautiful views DownsideToo much overgrowth on the logging access road will scratch up your vehicle CommentI did this hike on August 23, 2014 with a group of six other people. A section of rock between Drum Lake and the ridge was difficult as rocks were very loose. Beyond the loose rock along the wide ridge there were no trail markers so one of the ladies in our group built some cairns. We were unable to drive all the way to the trailhead due to deep washouts in the forest service road which added an extra 1.8 kilometres to our hike. It took us six hours to the summit and back again.
Posted By: TerryM
- Sun Sep 12 04:20:21 UTC 2010
Upside-Quick access to alpine peak<BR> Downside-Washout on road and encroaching alders<BR> Comment I also had to park before a small washout on a steeper section, so it added over a km to the hike. 4x4 vehicles (or people that abuse their cars) would easily make it to the trailhead.<BR><BR>The first part of the trail is actually an overgrown logging road as it traverses through a regenerating section. This section has been used by responsible ATVs, which has pushed back some of the regenerating slide alder. This section also looks like prime black bear habitat so be sure to make lots of noise. The ATV tracks end at beginning of the forested section of the trail. The small meadows are moist and would benefit from logs as boardwalks, otherwise, the trail will erode the grasses into mud with increased foot traffic. Beneath the boulder fields, the poorly-defined trail gains in elevation to Drum Lake. <BR><BR>The bugs were non-existent during a blustery early September day, but I heard that they can be horrendous earlier in the season. The section from the lake to the ridgeline is the steepest and consists of loose rocks. The ridge is surprisingly wide with a couple tiny ponds near the summit. No scrambling required.<BR><BR>I completed the total hike (plus the extra logging road walk) in 4 hours but I was hustling due to a late start. I lost the trail a couple times, particularly on the way down, but I used my trail-sense to relocate it each times. Less experienced hikers should carry a GPS since the footbed is not always well-defined.