The initial section of trail from the parking lot to where Salter Creek leaves Plateau Creek is in reasonable shape. However, post flood the old route up Salter Creek is washed out and the creek is a time-consuming mess of rocks and deadfall. We are proposing a new 500m-long section of trail that will avoid the creek.
Some people have been using an old game trail on the descent that leaves the Mount Burke trail a short distance up from the creek and traverses steep open slopes above Salter Creek. Unfortunately this sideslope trail has been affected by creek-bank slumps and is difficult to follow through lots of deadfall lower down. There are a few bits of flagging indicating the route which comes down to the creek shortly before the Salter/Plateau junction. It is shown in yellow on the Google Earth map.
However, there is an obvious line, shown in red, that joins the Mt. Burke trail near where it turns right. There is a lot of small lodgepole pine step-over deadfall in the forest here. Most of it can be thrown aside by two or three strong people. There are no obstacles such as creeks or rocks and no live trees would need to be cut. This appears to us to be an ideal line that avoids the creek and its steep, unstable banks and shortens the hike up Mount Burke with no elevation loss. The estimated distance is about 500 m.
All it needs is for a few keen individuals to take on the task of shifting the deadfall. We can provide a track log for the new trail and can do some flagging. Any one interested in helping us? Use About>Contact Us in the menu above to contact us.