May 3, 2011

Whither go we?

Filed under: Hiking — geezerwriter @ 4:34 pm
Olsen Creek Trails

Olsen Creek Trails

After all the time I’ve spent on Stewart Mountain the last few weeks, as described in my previous posts, Act I and Act II, the only thing I’m sure of is that I don’t want to take the senior hikers on my bushwhack route. (Actually, I could be talked into that but I’m not holding my breath waiting for an eager chorus of volunteers.)

There are three nice big lollipop hikes in the Olsen Creek valley, all fairly hard and 8-10 miles long.

The northernmost is the old trail up along the creek to the North Summit and the new trails back down through recent clearcuts. This is about 9 mile total, rising to 3000 feet, with views to the north and west of the Nooksack Valley and the mountains of the Lower Mainland of BC and Vancouver Island.

The center loop is the one we did last New Year’s – About 8 miles with almost no views, and a challenging ford of Olsen Creek followed by an extremely steep trail that goes up 4-500 feet in about a quarter mile.

The southern trip has the best potential view, at the point labeled “Sisters View”, and no huge difficulties. But we would have to hike along the new logging road (the blue line furthest to the east). This would be about 10 miles.

The middle option basically stinks. If it looks like we might get a decent view to the east, then I would tip toward the last option.



  1. Well, I think since you have figured these all out so well, I would be inclined to let YOU decide which one to do. I know they are all hard, and hopefully we will have some view, so I think I lean toward the southernmost hike as well. Thanks for all the hard work you do for the Trailblazers!

    Comment by DJan — May 4, 2011 @ 5:33 am

    • Wow. thanks for all the effort in finding a good route for us. I guess my choice would be a route with a chance of a view.

      Comment by Kimberly — May 4, 2011 @ 7:54 am

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