De Pencier & Suicide Bluffs Loop
For this hike, I strongly recommend:
1. GPS app (like Gaia) with trail marked, because it's hard to find & follow some parts of the trail.
2. Long pants -- there's a little bushwacking, and quite a bit of overgrown unmaintained sections.
Suicide Bluff - De Pencier Bluff Loop
Suggestion from a fellow member of North Shore Hikers:
"Mark, there might be some difficult bushwacking from 2nd Lake West on the route you have marked out, but there is a trail from just before 2nd Lake (in the direction you're going) that goes uphill to the right and gets you to Suicide Bluffs trail about a third of the way from its West end. Then you could continue East along the trail you have marked or, alternatively once you're up on the Suicide Bluffs trail, go to the West end then come back and continue along the route you have mapped out."
My response: "I think your suggestion has the added advantage of avoiding the steepest section of the Suicide Bluffs trail, with those fixed ropes."
PS: Hmm, if we avoid that steep section, then we might choose to hike this loop counterclockwise, with the idea of doing the rougher part earlier (more time to recover if problems).
=> Following the above notes, here's the hike we actually did:
Porteau Road to Deeks Bluff Trail, BC, Canada
Horseshoe Bay to Doughnut & Eagle Bluffs
Instead of this route, I would recommend a crossover/traverse hike with car(s) at each end: from the Horseshoe Bay starting point of this hike, to Cypress downhill ski parking lot, via Eagle Bluffs. The West Knob - Doughnut Bluffs section that we hiked was more scrambly and less well maintained.
Grouse Mtn: Flint & Feather via BCMC
Best to go with someone who knows the trail. If you go the right way, it requires only a little easy rock climbing. There are many ways to go wrong, some of which have dangerous exposure. E.g. beware veering left (north) on a small trail at about 970 metres altitude, as we did on this track (so we returned to main trail).