This route is usually about 7 km, but of course, I forgot to restart my Garmin after stopping for a photo op, so my map and time for the run was off…. ugh! Luckily my friend Debbie kindly gave me her Garmin info for this post, although she ended up adding on an extra kilometre as the group took a wrong turn. But either way works! It’s nice to have so many options for routes and loops in this park.
2) Trestle Run (Goldstream campground -> Arbutus Ridge Trail -> Gold Mine Trail – > Railway trestle
Trail name(s): Arbutus Ridge Trail -> Arbutus Loop -> Gold Mine Trail
Terrain: Groomed yet rugged trail. Roots, rocks, moss, gravel, with nice soft single-track sections that used to be gold mine cart paths. Can be muddy, wet and slippery in the winter; pay attention to where your feet land on the downhill sections, I bailed pretty bad today on this trail! Trail shoes are recommended.
Parking: Just past the gatehouse near the campground entrance. There are only a few spots, so I recommend getting there early or parking just outside the campground entrance. There are a few other places to park along the highway, which are located on this map here. It can be extremely busy in this park during the summer, so you may need to park outside the campground gates during that time.
Trail access: Take a sharp right-hand turn once you get past the gatehouse to the end of the campsites along the road. The trailhead is just past the outhouses.
Facilities: Outhouses at the trailhead.
Distance: About 7-8km.
Time: Anywhere from 1 hour to 1:20.
Description: Soft, single-track trails, rocks, ferns, waterfalls, valleys, wood bridges, swampy sections, lots of steady climbs and descents, and some incredible points of interest! Heading in from the campground, you wind down into a valley before climbing up for about 20 minutes on single-track trail along the valley’s edge. The trail dips back down again before getting into more moss-covered rock and root sections. At the 25-minute mark, there’s an abandoned gold mine just off to the left on the trail that I highly suggest you check out! (Safely, of course.) You continue to climb up steadily over more mossy rocks and roots until you reach the old E&N railway trestle. As of February 2013, the trains still aren’t back up and running… so if you’re brave enough to step out on the tracks, don’t worry about a train running you down a la Stand By Me. Keep in mind that walking on the trestle is dangerous and not encouraged… I think I made it out only about 15 steps before vertigo got the best of me and I had to turn back!
Trail Rating (out of four stars)
Overall: A great run with some incredible vistas and points of interest!
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