The starting point for Exshaw Creek has changed.
Going west along the Hwy. 1A, turn right after Exshaw Creek bridge and follow Mt. Allen Drive to a parking lot just beyond the fire hall on the right. From here cross a footbridge over Exshaw Creek into meadow. On the east bank follow one trail or another to a closed piece of paved road and turn left. Join Windridge Drive and go left, following the road around to its end at the second footbridge where we used to park. For the usual west bank trail up Exshaw Creek to Mount Fable and Exshaw Pass cross the footbridge over Exshaw Creek and turn right. For the east bank trail, Prospector mountain bike trail and route to Exshaw Ridge turn right before the bridge. The usual route up the powerline access road has been cut off owing to construction of what is possibly an electrical substation and parking lot and is fenced off. What you do is follow a good trail to the left of the construction fence that joins the powerline access road near the top of the hill. Here go left, then just before the power pole, turn off right onto a good trail.
The trail marked with a red line on the map is the east bank hiking trail (also used by Prospector) that climbs onto a terrace. At 2.2 km from the parking lot, the narrower trail to Exshaw Ridge turns off to the right. (This trail is very steep at its top end and lands you close to the southernmost top at about 284609.) In another 1.1 km is a junction where Prospector trail turns right at an arrow. The hiking trail goes left and down the bank to Exshaw Creek. (Downstream a little way you join the west bank trail, thus enabling you to make a loop.)
Prospector twines about the main hiking trail making possible loops of various difficulties. To bike the whole thing is 8.7 km. The far loop is relatively easy apart from the technical feature at the end where you can chicken out. The middle loop that twists and turns over Weader? Ridge (sorry, couldn’t make out the fourth letter) is very technical with a big variety of features including Trick (or) Treat and the easier Girls Out. The lower loop runs across the southwest face of Exshaw Mountain and for the most part is an easy traverse. My thoughts on thinking this a better route for a takeoff up Exshaw Mountain were shattered by the ending: not so much by the slabs, but by the amazing, excessively steep, winding trail into the junkyard where there are more technical features among the dumped cars. The junkyard lies a few metres away from a road. To get back to the parking lot turn right on the road, cross Windridge Drive onto a trail that crosses the closed road to the first footbridge.
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