Roe Creek Road is now driveable

Approaching the end of Roe Creek Roa

As we approached the end of the Roe Creek Rd. and had our first glimpse of the slopes we'd climb, we saw we'd be on snow most of the time

The guide book, Scrambles, by Matt Gunn described the logging road up Roe Creek as a horror. Water bars begin at 6.8 km, and at 9 km a washout makes it impassable. The last 2-1/2 km must be walked. And then the hiking begins with a bushwhack down to the creek, followed by a reported hair raising boulder-hop across the torrent. Last Sunday (Aug 7) we decided to reconnoiter. The good news is: the whole road is easily navigated with a 4×4. The washout has been graded and the water bars are gone.   The whole road is probably passable with a 2-wheel drive. The images are thumbnails — please click to see full size.

We parked just past the last cut block. We chose that because the trip down to the creek seemed shorter than the end of the road.

Easy rock-hopping at the head of Roe Creek

It was easy to find our way up Roe Creek to the snow

After some thrashing around, we found a very helpful path at 50º 02′ 09.6″ N 123º 13′ 24.6″. It leaves the road just past a little bridge and heads down through the old growth forest to Roe Cr.

The flow on that side of the main Creek was fairly benign, and all we had to do was rock-hop until we found enough snow to support us. Most of the rest of the hike was on sometimes-steep snow. Lovely, and no bugs.

Lunch Rock below Cypress Peak

Lunch Rock below Cypress Peak, view of Black Tusk

Reclining Balance Rock

Reclining Balance Rock enjoying the view

When we turned back we were only about 1000 feet below Cypress Peak. The top would have been a fairly easy destination if we’d started earlier.

Even without climbing to a summit, it was an enjoyable day in a beautiful location.

Walking towards the east aspect of Cypress Peak

Walking towards the North-East facing cliffs of Cypress Peak

A couple of last comments. I see that I now have posted 301 blog articles at this site. And, since this blog was meant to be a short-term experiment, I never imagined that I’d leave a trail that is this long.

I’ve been to Cypress Peak before. My story of a ski trip to that mountain, with an approach from the other side, is here: Tabblo essay.

If you live around Vancouver, you might think that Cypress Mountain is a hill on the North Shore. Actually, there is no such mountain by that name. There is a resort that calls itself Cypress Mountain because it is within Cypress Provincial Park. This is the real nearby Cypress Peak.

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3 Responses to “Roe Creek Road is now driveable”


  1. 1 Robert October 2, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Enjoyed this video of a group heading up the same route a little bit later in the season:


  1. 1 Skiing above Roe Creek June 3 « Salish Sea Trackback on June 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm
  2. 2 Walk to St. Marks Summit — Howe Sound Crest Trail « Salish Sea Trackback on October 14, 2012 at 8:06 am

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