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07
Feb
2007
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Buntzen Lake: Dilly Dally Loop E-mail
(13 - user rating)
Written by Brian Grover   
Access: Click for details on Getting to Buntzen Lake.
Level: Difficult
Distance: 25 km
Time: 11 hr
Elevation Change: 1050 m
Season: July - October
Map: 92 G/7
Multiple-Use: Open to Mountain Bikes and Hikers Only

You won't want to dilly dally on the Dilly Dally trail. This route is a continuation of the previous two hikes and is only recommended for the most experienced hikers. Instead of following Trout Creek down to Swan Falls and the valley bottom you'll want to continue along Eagle Ridge to a small prominence locally known as Dilly Dally Peak. After slogging uphill most of the day you'll finally begin losing altitude quickly after passing the peak.

Soon the footpath will become an old, overgrown logging road. Needless to say the landscape still bears the scars of unenlightened logging practices. On the plus side however this route provides a number of vantage points overlooking Indian Arm. Croker Lookout in particular offers unimpeded views of the inlet below. Like the previous hike this route will eventually merge into Powerhouse Road which will take you back to South Beach where you started.

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