At a Glance
ACA Rating: 3C II
French Rating: v3a2
Time Required: 4-5 hours
Distance: Technical section – 700m
Elevation Loss: 200m
Rappels: 4-6, maximum length 25m (80 feet)
Updated: 12 July 2015
An easily accessible canyon along the Sea to Sky Highway, just north of Lions Bay. The canyon itself, while not spectacular, is a worthwhile day out. There are no particular difficulties, but the rappels do descend right through the watercourse; prepare to be doused! This creek can be a raging torrent outside of summertime, but flow is easily assessed from the highway prior to hiking in.
Standard gear, including wetsuit and rappel equipment. Adequate rope for a maximum 25m rappel. Webbing/rapides for up to 6 rappels – two bolted, the balance off of webbing.
To the Trailhead
Park in a wide area just south of the Logger’s Creek bridge along Highway 99. This is about 5km past the Lions Bay Avenue exit, when traveling northbound. It is about 6km past the Porteau Road exit, traveling southbound. There is also a wide area on the north side of the bridge, but it is more rough and difficult to enter from the highway.
From the parking area, walk (carefully) up the busy highway, northbound about 600 m – across the bridge at Logger’s Creek, to the next bridge, which is Deeks Creek. Take a look here at how much flow there is coming down the short section of falls just above the bridge. Walk to the far side of the bridge, and find a trail starting up the hillside near the creek.
Ascend the trail for about 20 minutes, to just above 300 m elevation – about 1.1 km of hiking. Just before some rocky bluffs, break off to the right and contour along toward the creek. Pick your way down to the creek and suit up! Your elevation here should be about 270 m.
About 10 or 15 minutes from the entrance, reach a boulder that blocks the watercourse, which falls into a pool below. This can be avoided by scrambling down some slopes on canyon left. You can also rappel it off of a log that sticks out from the boulder, over the pool.
About five minutes after the avoidable rap, reach another that is anchored off of a large tree on canyon left, avoiding the watercourse, or off of a tiny (!) tree on the right wall of the canyon.
Another ten minutes brings you to the next rappel. A large log is suspended above a boulder in the watercourse, providing a convenient spot for some webbing.
This is the first bolted rappel in the canyon. Find a pair of bolts on the left wall of the canyon, above a waterfall.
This rap is anchored off of another pair of bolts, on a large boulder near the left wall of the canyon. When we were there, there was no water flowing on this side, but it looked like there was a rock dam that could easily be dismantled and change that up!
Anchored off of a slung rock pinned under a larger boulder, just behind a waterfall. A bit of an awkward start, and very very slippery. It is difficult to keep one’s feet on this rappel; the rock is quite blocky and it is very difficult to see what is coming next!
Right near the exit from the canyon. Anchor off of a tree beside the watercourse. May be descended in or out of the waterfall.
You’re now back at the highway! Exit easily to the right, and walk back to the parking area.
Continuing down canyon from this point to the ocean, according to what I’ve heard, does not allow for retracing your steps, or for climbing back up to the roadway outside the canyon. Sounds like you’d have to swim along the coastline to easier terrain…
GPS waypoint list to follow
v3a2 II (in low flow season) – could become significantly higher in high flow conditions.
v3 – Vertical sections with low water flow. Rappel ends in pool with swimming in calm water. Easily accessed and performed rappels, of no more than 30m.
a2 – Swims not exceeding 10 m in length, in calm water. Easy jumps of less than 3 m. Short or low angled slides.