*** RIDE CANCELLED ***Early Mon, Sep 1st - Vancouver to Garibaldi Lake.
When: Leaving East Vancouver at 07:00am on Monday, September 1st. Hoping to be back in Vancouver at 5pm (6pm at the latest). *** RIDE CANCELLED ***
Meeting point: Husky station at Victoria & 33rd Ave.
- Labouring up Garibaldi is a Labour Day weekend tradition for me. Since I'm going to ride there, I figured I'd see if any of the other bikers are also hikers.
- Better riders can sweep up the cops for me on the way up and better bikes can sweep up the robbers at the Garibaldi parking lot.
- Nobody has suggested any rides for Monday yet.
- I've yet to do any group rides, can't make Saturday's or Sunday's, and the summer is quickly running out, so WTH, I'll start my own for a time when I can ride.
Where to: Up the Sea To Sky highway to the Rubble Creek parking lot at Garibaldi (half way between Squamish and Whistler) then up to Garibaldi Lake campground. This "ride" involves a 9km each way hike with an elevation gain of ~800m.
Pace: I've never been on a group ride, so I'm gonna guess newbie slow. This will only be my second time riding up the Sea To Sky and the first time in 2 years. I'm guessing 80km/h most places, faster in the two lane sections, depending on what the God awful traffic allows.
My planned schedule:
07:00: Leave Husky
09:00: Be ready to go from the Rubble Creek parking lot (which will involve locking riding gear to the bike and paying a day use parking fee of, I think, $3)
12:00: Arrive at the campground (3 hours up should be excessive, but I was surprisingly out of shape last year, plus I've got some foot issues at the moment). Take pictures, soak feet in the lake, rest, snack, bask in nature's glory.
13:00: Head back down the trail.
15:00: Head back out from Rubble Creek, stopping for gas in Squamish.
17:00: Arrive in Vancouver in plenty of time to shower, eat, and catch Spirit Of The West at the PNE.
This is the route according to Google Maps. 111km each way.
Bring food, water, change of clothes, hiking boots/running shoes, camera, etc. If anyone's interested, post below as if I end up going solo, I'll just leave from home instead. Enjoy the weekend!
Last edited by Phi; 09-01-2008 at 06:33 AM.
Reason: Looks like I'm going solo. ;'(
*** Ride Cancelled ***
*** RIDE CANCELLED *** as there's no interest, so it looks as though I'll be going solo and leaving from home as soon as I can get my crap together. Maybe I'll post a picture or two for the 103 people that viewed the thread. Happy trails.
Perhaps if you posted earlier you would have had some interest. Most people start heading out of town for a long weekend on Friday you know.
Yeah, possibly. I don't know, though, as even with plenty of notice, it's hard getting my hiker friends to come with me, let alone strangers. But I didn't want to post it until I knew for sure I'd be going alone (and therefore riding). It's perhaps just as well; the cops were having a feeding frenzy the whole way up and down. Plus it was cold enough up top the mountain that I didn't stay there too long.
Originally Posted by biggsSS
The lightboards on the Uppers Levels Highway warned of "enhanced police enforcement" from West Van to Whistler and they weren't kidding. I passed one trap (biker) and a mobile cruiser feasting on a victim before I even got to Horseshoe Bay at, like, 07:15. Another victim, a ghost car trap, and 2 or 3 more cruisers on the highway on the way there. On the way back, two more victims (one with two cruisers pulled in behind him), and 2 more cruisers on the highway. Back at the bottom of the trail, I ran into a couple on a KLR that had camped for a couple of nights and they'd had been given a warning by the boys in blue. That said, I did get to vent some frustration in a few of the passing lanes South of Squamish. Going through Squamish, though... My lord. Stop and go, bumper to bumper.
Anyway, for anyone that might be going up soon, note that the turn off to Rubble Creek is being developed. There's a lot of temporary line markings and orange cylinder "cones" around the area and it's unclear where you're supposed to turn. And once you ridden past it and THEN realize that was indeed the turn off, you u-turn only to find you're not allowed to turn left into the turn-off any more. 8P The park rangers are claiming the wildflowers are just starting to bloom (seems awfully late) in the sunnier meadows, but I took the Taylor Meadows route on the way back and didn't see anything, so I guess they're en route to Black Tusk. :S If you're going to be spending any length of time up at the lake, bring pants and a sweater... it's chilly, even with the sun out. Although back at the bottom it was warm enough to tan by the river.
Sore legs from jogging down, and sore butt from riding back, so all is as it should be and I'm content. If anyone is interested in doing it (preferably before it snows), post to this thread, I guess, and I'll subscribe to get e-mails. I don't check PMs often at all.