After a hiatus of three years, Powderface Trail the Road finally opened on May 16. We and everyone else out inspecting the road can report that it’s in pretty good condition especially the northern half. Occasional soft spots elsewhere will need a bit more ditching and gravelling. Particularly noteworthy is the work done in the meadow just south of Prairie Creek crossing where the ground has been completely reshaped and two big culverts installed under the road. Extraneous water flowing out of the bogs — and there was a lot of it — has been rerouted into an overflow dike. As for the four new bridges over Prairie, Canyon and Jumpingpound creeks, they will surely stand up to all future floods! Only one old wooden bridge now remains.
TRAIL ACCESSES: From what we could see, the Jumpingpound Mountain and Ridge trails and Prairie Creek trail are all a go with footbridges intact.
TOM SNOW and COX HILL TRAILS: From Dawson day-use area there’s a new start (wrongly signed Jumpingpound Ridge) which is 100 m longer. Horse traffic uses the original trail, everyone else crosses the Jumpingpound via a brand new fiberglass bridge located farther downstream in a most impressive location. Both routes join just before the final climb to the T-junction.
BELMORE BROWNE, TIARA PEAK ACCESS: The trail down the bank has grassed over below the first few feet which is what we expected. The good news is that when the logging road was rehabilitated during the road closure, most of the slash was piled up on the left side of the road and a trail with reasonable tread still exists near the right edge. A couple of trees need a chainsaw, but hand clearing should take care of the rest. Beyond the creek crossing, the pleasant grassy road has been churned up and is lumpy-bumpy. In time it should smooth out and grow grass, but in the meantime, follow the tread on the left side. Two boulders with cairns on top indicate the turnoff from the logging road into the pine plantation. At the tree edge are two more cairns. The first part of the trail has lost its tread, but deadfall piled up at the edge of the trail should help guide you to the left, after which the trail gradually improves to the forest edge at the cutline (flagging here). This section needs some trimming. Overall, much better than anticipated.