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a quick short hike around Ridge Park on Westwood Plateau

I'm posting this as a quick hike around Ridge Park on Westwood Plateau from the lowest of the trailheads, the one on Panorama Drive near Johnson. This will be a quick paced hike (but certainly not trail running) along a fairly well used trail with only a few steep bits, roots or loose rocks. If you are unfamiliar with the trail, this route will be approximately five km of trail and is usually about a 2 hour walk for most people at a casual chit chat pace we will be walking it in around an hour and a half almost entirely in the dark. We will start from the low point and go over the high point so much the trail is almost all either up or down. Hazards include typical night hiking hazards such as branches and twigs near the face and shadows and flat-lighting on the steep bits. Dogs are allowed in this park so you encounter piles of dog crap. This time of year the trail can be wet and slippery (there are no real mud holes) and there are a couple small streams to cross without bridges. This trail is a mountainside hiking trail in a city and not an urban gravel walking path. There is little view along the trail but we visit the only viewpoint near the summit.

WHERE TO MEET: To get to the trailhead go north up Johnson St towards Westwood Plateau and turn left on Panorama (next left after Parkway Blvd). Watch for the trail map and hiking trail sign on your right. There is lots of street parking. Depending on the weather and how busy I am I may actually be starting near Pinetree Secondary at the bottom of the hill and be passing by the trailhead at Panorama at 4:30. The meeting point is the pink star near the bottom center of the map in the photo.

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  • Clayton A.

    first time out in the fog and rain at night and it was still enjoyable with the interesting conversation

    January 8, 2014

  • Clayton A.

    Please be prepared; it will be raining, cool and dark, there will be some wet and possible slippery spots. I haven't seen muddy spots on the trail but they have had equipment working on there recently so there could be a bit. We will walk at a quick pace and the first half of the walk is up hill.

    January 8, 2014

    • Suzy

      sorry I cannot make it and inform you now.

      January 8, 2014

    • Suzy

      It was busy day for me

      January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will see you this afternoon!

    January 8, 2014

  • Suzy

    I'm worried about bears and coyotes. What can we do if we meet them?

    January 7, 2014

    • Clayton A.

      you probably won't get to see any wildlife on this trail and especially at this time of year. And bears and coyotes aren't often a problem. Coyotes are only a problem if you take a small dog on the trail with you. The animals that you need to watch out for on urban trails such as these are off-leash dogs. On some of the local trails you also have to be watchful you don't get hit by people on mountain bikes.

      January 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might have to cancel my plans to join you. I'm in the middle of trying to find a job and I'm currently waiting to hear back about a potential meeting tomorrow afternoon. But if they reschedule, I'd still like to come with you! I'll keep you posted.

    January 7, 2014

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