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Old 04-10-2012, 10:09 PM
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I try to go out at least once a month and hit some logging roads and trails in BC, most of my photos don't fit in other threads. Here's my weekends.

I went out looking for a connection between two logging networks, and a trail up to an old ski area here. The mapbook was ambiguous in the area after the first large bridge, so I started by following a well-cut road up a hill.

That ended in a helicopter landing area, so I shot some photos of the Ranger.




A creek above it, strange in how close it was to a dropoff without spilling over.



Backtracked from there, and found a more worn out road in the same general direction, closer looking at the mapbook shows that this would be the right one. After about 2km there was a bridge.



A view from the far side.



But on a closer look, I decided it wasn't worth trying, being so much heavier than the quads whose tracks I had been following.




As I said, the road was worn down, and I took some flex poser shots in a ditchy part on the way back.




(This one's my desktop image now)



A shot of the road back from that ditch.



Followed the Main upstream of the larger bridge that led to the two first turnarounds, and followed a trail down to the river. There was quad tracks into the river here, and it was very shallow. I'm certain there's a way to ford upstream of the rotten bridge, but I'd like to come back with two trucks and a pair of waders before I dive in. I was starting to run out of time (gate is locked at 5:00), so I turned back and drove up to the main. Took HD video of that bit.


Found an interesting waterfall heading back to the paved road, my license plate says "Beautiful British Columbia" for a reason.


Truck most of the way back, stopped because the trees changed.


And a bad photo of an old Pacific off-highway logging truck.
BC History sitting in a yard, still in use.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:47 PM
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cool post ... looks like you had a good time
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:06 PM
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If you're wondering, it's Englishman River, Island Timberworks has a guard at a gate just south of Parksville. Google maps just shows it as "Hub City RV", since it's a private road on both sides.
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:45 AM
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Looks like a great area to explore!!
The road and rotten bridge, to me, look
much like an abandoned railroad grade.
Have some of those here in Colorado I
would like to explore one day.
A question: How deep, approx, was ditch you flexed in?
Wicked stuff!!
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:37 AM
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Probably not a railroad grade, much too steep (and my mapbook has it listed as a road, they usually call decommissioned rail lines trails). The bridges had to be solid enough for trains, though, with how heavy the old off-highway logging equipment was. I'll try to get some photos of equipment next time I'm out.
As for the ditch- Probably about 2' deep where I was, the rear tire is hanging all the way out of the fender in this photo.
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:19 PM
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That looks like it was a lot of fun. I love exploring back roads like that. Nice flex too btw!
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:23 PM
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Great pics Mark! It is really beautiful out there
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:28 PM
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I went out again, on Saturday. This time it was with a 4x4 Club, and we did some real trails.

It started on Friday, when I crawled under the truck and bolted up the gas tank skid off a wrecked 2007. It's a shame to see nice trucks like that broken, but when they have parts I need, it's a good thing.



It's coming back off in a few days for rust removal and paint.

I apologize for a lack of travel photos, and videos. My camera was almost dead and the charger broke on the way out, so I was trying to save battery. I had a friend take the photos this time.

Met a group from the club at 10 AM, 11 trucks came up with us.



And I brought a friend with an XJ, he wanted to see the trails up Harrison.



We aired down at the fish hatchery, start of the logging road network.







There was a really cool exo'd toyota, too, all homebuilt.





The trailhead is at 26km, and at the 25km bridge disaster struck. I crossed the bridge and blew a 2" hole in the sidewall of my right rear tire. Someone tried to hilift it for 10 minutes before I just stuck the factory jack under and changed it.



We got the spare on (Wrangler RTS, for everyone who's had to suffer them stock, they're just as bad in 265/75R16) and headed the last half mile to line up at the trailhead.



The trail down is mostly creekbed, with a few small steps and off-camber parts, lots of rockfaces to creep down, and I only have a few photos of it. This one almost shows the hardest part, a crossed-up rockfield that I negotiated with a spotter last july.



I walked through it this time, no spotter, and continued down to the beach.



Parked on the beach and walked around to look at the creek, and play around in it a little.






There was also this toyota pickup there. Though it was a bit overkill for 31" snow tires, I liked his fender cutting.



From there, we headed over to the shelter to have lunch.



The shelter is built with wood full of rebar (to keep chainsaws out), and fire retardant (because the last three got burnt down.) It's been there since september, the longest any shelter has lasted in a long time.



From there we headed up the "easy way", to Fossil Beach. It's a very easy trail, but there's a crossed-up washout that a lot of people had trouble with.








There's also an off-camber rockface on the trail that my cameraman didn't think was worth a photo, but there was a 10 minute line to cross.

Anyways, we got to Fossil. (Why's it called Fossil Beach?)







From there we headed back up to the main road, through some very green trails.







And we met to decide where to go next. I parked hard on a hill near my friend's XJ.







From there we decided to head up a loop around Lookout Lake, but we were stopped 100ft from the summit by 2ft of snow next to a very very high dropoff. I only have one photo and a video of an obstacle on the way up, as my cameraman fell asleep waiting.



The second portion of the second video I linked shows the hardest part of the trail up, like with the first part the other stockish trucks had trouble where I just walked it. I guess that's all part of owning a ranger.

I hope you like these photos, I might be a while before I go back out anywhere nice. The sidewall blowout had belts hanging out and as the others were at 8/32" tread I replaced all four with 235/85R16 muds, and am working to pay them off.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:16 PM
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Wow, that looks amazing! Great pics! Wish we had trails like that around here.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:36 PM
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I went out to a local mudhole today, didn't do much, but I got stuck and took a video of me in the deep hole.



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Old 06-11-2012, 03:48 PM
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How about staying out of the rivers. We have laws against that for a reason. Thanks.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:47 PM
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In this thread there is three instances of me entering water, in posts #1, #5, and #10.

In post #1, that is an established river crossing at a non-fishbearing point in the river, there is an unmaintained ex-logging road leading down to, and across that point in the river. I turned around immediately after entering, also, seeing that it was deep enough further in that I could be in danger of flooding the axles and polluting the river with gear oil.

In post #5 I am also crossing at an established crossing, following an administrative member of the 4WDABC. From his and my talking with multiple conservation officers, this is allowed, given that you do it at a reasonable speed and do not create excess silt, or damage to the creekbed. As you can tell from the video, I am idling in first and low, except to crawl over larger rocks, this is within the reasonable bounds.

In post #10, I am in a commercial/light industrial zoned area that ran out of money and turned into an ad-hoc mudhole. This has no drainage, and is full of runoff from an unused gravel lot. This does not concern the DFO at all, as it is small and not fishbearing.

I don't drive where fish spawn or live, and I don't rip through creeks anyhow.

EDIT: Pgk, you did get me thinking, so I emailed a conservation officer, and today I got a reply from the specific one in charge of Hale Creek. I described your concerns, and he said that as long as I'm not leaking oil, or tearing up the creekbed I'm fine in the spring. In the summer the lake's too high to access that portion of stream, but he said it's okay then, too, except that I should minimize my crossings from august to about october, since they don't know if fish use that part of Hale Creek, and it's better to be safe. It's the same with most other rivers, in that I should be using my judgement, as long as I'm not leaking fluids or agressively tearing up the bottom, and especially if it's not somewhere that fish are known to be (Stay away from any rivers where you see a dead salmon, he mentioned, since that means they're spawning) then it should be okay.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:23 PM
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Cool pics. Looks like a good time.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:02 PM
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sweet
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:34 PM
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Now thats exatcly what i wana do. there i nothing like that around. just extreame wheeling and atv riding
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