|. the agro crag .|
Here's where it is, in relation to Vancouver:
We knew this would be a short (distance-wise) but steep hike, so we expected quite a workout... and that's definitely what we got! I'm kind of terrible at describing hikes using details that legit hikers would use, so I will keep this description pretty non-technical and mostly just let you enjoy these sweet pics.
|. views from the parking lot .|
After a short walk through the woods we got to a set of steep wooden stairs at the trailhead, and we immediately began walking UP. Like, straight up. As we ascended, our trail switched between worn dirt trails peppered with huge boulders and fresh-smelling cedar staircases. The steep trail was packed with people, which made it slow going in parts.
The reason for the abundance of people was the beautiful day, so we couldn't really complain. The trail offered 3 different summit options, and we passed the 1st summit without checking it out because we wanted to save our energy for higher views.
|. a look at some of the trail on the way up .|
This narrow pass had chains drilled into the side of the rock to use as aids for ascension:
|. you can see people on top of the rock across the way .|
|. david seeing what he can see .|
|. me and markie .|
|. logging situation happening far below us in the water .|
|. panoramic view from the second summit .|
|. posing on the summit .|
. evan, me, markie .
Rather than try to make it back down the same way we came - which would require us having to try to go through that same narrow pass with epic wait times - we decided to take a trail that passed the third summit and looped back around the mountain until eventually meeting up with the original trail we'd come up.
|. awesome view of mount garibaldi as we descended .|
This way ended up being a little less packed than the trail we'd taken up, but still busy for sure. And it was a total scramble down - roots, rocks, fallen trees. It looked like an avalanche zone that happened to have a sometimes discernable path marked by yellow diamonds nailed to the trees. It was also just as steep as the climb up had been.
|. a view of what we were hiking down .|
Definitely the kind of terrain that you want to be ultra careful making your way down. Especially if you've ever had any knee problems, which Markie and I both have! #SisterACLIssues.
We were all sufficiently tired after this hike - it was a great workout! The hour spent sitting and resting on our ride back to Vancouver was welcome.
Check out pictures from other hiking adventures here!