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*Raise markers on Beverley Creek trail when snowpack permits.
*Raise markers on Beverley Creek trail when snowpack permits.
*Augment markers in Ridge S turn section (A party reported losing the trail here in April 2018)
*Augment markers in Ridge S turn section (A party reported losing the trail here in April 2018)
*Move markers on upper bench to follow cleared path on the west side to avoid open water.
===Summer / Fall Tasks===
===Summer / Fall Tasks===

Revision as of 00:27, 4 October 2021

Reference Points

This section assigns names to various sections of the trail for documentation purposes. These are listen in order starting at the WOP Biathlon Range

0km Biathlon Building Parking
Trail follow Olympic Biathlon XC trail to the low point past the bridge
0.4km Biathlon Descent
from trailhead down to madeley Loop XC trail
0.8km Trailhead Draw
This trail section goes straight uphill from the trailhead signs up a draw.
1.0km Draw Traverse
Trail exits draw to climbers left and traverses a bench for 30m into another minor draw
1.1km Map Sign
1.2km Lower Swamp
The flat swampy area that starts about 100m beyond the Map Sign. The Lower Swamp contains bridges 1-4
1.2km Lower Swamp Creek
The watercourse draining the lower swamp.
1.2km Bridge #1
A natural bridge over lower swamp creek. The trail follows the Left bank downstream and Right bank upstream.
1.25km Bridge #2
A 6 stringer log bridge over lower swamp creek. The trail follows the Right bank downstream and Left bank upstream.
1.3km Bridge #3
A 8 stringer log bridge over lower swamp creek. The trail follows the Left bank downstream and Right bank upstream.
1.4km Bridge #4
(Under Construction) A 1 log bridge over lower swamp creek. The trail follows the Right bank downstream. Going uphill the trail turn away from the stream
1.4km Lower Bench
After a nearly 180 degree climbing turn the lower bench heads south for about 100m
1.5km Upper Bench
Another nearly 180 degree turn takes the trail north again along the upper bench to the base of a steep climb with boulders.
1.6km Boulder Hill
A steep climb past boulders, then through a couple switchbacks to reach the ridge draw.
1.7km Ridge Draw
The trail follows the bottom of a draw, climbing gradually towards key lake.
2.0km Ridge Pond 1
A pond in rocky area.
2.1km Ridge S turn
Trail enters forest and does an S turn crossing a draw the re-emereges into open terrain just beyond.
2.1km Ridge Pond 2
Another pond in a rocky area. Just north of here is a huge tree.
2.2km Huge Tree
You can't miss it.
2.2km Ridge talus
Descending slightly, the trail opens into a boulder field.
2.4km Key Lake swamp
Beyond the ridge talus is a swampy section just south of key lake
2.5km Key Lake outlet
At the outlet of key lake is a row of dense trees. The trail is on the east side of the creek, which may be open water.
2.7km North end of Key Lake
There is an open area where a tree has fallen into the lake.
2.7km RM trail junction 1
2.8km junction boulder field
Beyond the junction is an open boulder field where the trail is marked along the climber's right side.
3.0km small swamp
a small S turn leads to a small swamp. Past the swamp is a straight section in the forest
3.1-3.3km traverse S turn
The trail turns right and traverses a gentle slope, crosses a dip, then turns back left to traverse a steep slope.
3.3km traverse rockslide
The steepest part of the traverse is this open slope
3.6km Middle Swamp
3.7km Descent to creek
3.9km Beverley Creek Bank
The trail goes right along the bank of the creek.
4.1km Upper Swamp 1
A small swamp which leads to a climb
4.2km Swamp Hill
A climb up an open area which leads to the second tier of the upper swamp.
4.3km Upper Swamp 2
This is the largest swampy section on the trail, and it also the most forested of the swamps. The route across sticks to the most open terrain.
4.5km Forest Hill
The swamp transitions to a climb up a small hill, ending next to the creek above a small canyon.
4.7km North Woods
The trail goes up a little draw and into a stand of large trees.
4.9km End of marked trail
The marked trail ends at the north end of the stand of large trees at the main junction in Beverley Creek. Typically the north fork of the creek is easily crossed on natural snow bridges to continue up in between the two forks.

Tasks & Schedule

Winter Tasks

  • Monitor snow pack in the swamp, particularly between bridge #2 & bridge #3 to see if a route around the west side would be better than crossing the creek twice.
  • Remark trail on Forest Hill to follow new alignment after the new alignment has been cleared.
  • Replace missing markers as needed (some trees were cut down, a few of the big hole markers fell off).
  • Raise markers on Beverley Creek trail when snowpack permits.
  • Augment markers in Ridge S turn section (A party reported losing the trail here in April 2018)
  • Move markers on upper bench to follow cleared path on the west side to avoid open water.

Summer / Fall Tasks

In order of priority

  • Cut down trees marked for removal with orange flagging tape around the trunk (mostly on lower trail, but some on upper trail)
  • Remove trees to improve marker visibility through Ridge S turn, especially northbound.
  • Complete Bridge #4
  • Brush trail from north end of Beverley Creek bank to the end.
  • Widen the hole cut in the big log just above bridge #4
  • Cut down last large diagonal fallen tree in Beverley Creek Bank section.
  • widen clearing width in ridge draw, upper bench, lower bench
  • Check up Biathlon Descent stream crossings in 2022


October 3rd, 2021

(Lena Rowat, Nick Matwyuk, Charles, Scott Webster, Annet Webster, Joel and Alina, Scott Nelson, Erik Nelson, Halle Nelson). Kid friendly trail building trail trip. Cleared Bridge 3 - 4, lower bench and upper bench. Widened bridge 3 and moved it 3m west. Investigated broken big tree at 2.2km and found that it does not obstruct the trail at all.

October 4th, 2020

Scott Nelson, Sandra Nelson, Erik Nelson, Halle Nelson. Planned a kids friendly trail building day with 3 other families, but they all got a little sick and had to self-isolate while waiting for COVID-19 tests. We worked on the Biathlon Descent, removing all the flagged trees to align the trail with the markers and increasing the cleared width to make climbing up easier. Erik and Halle also dug out the channel for the smaller of the 2 streams that crosses the trail to keep water from running along the trail. The bridge that crosses the bigger stream has a broken stringer on the downhill side (11 feet long). We did not replace the broken stringer, but instead added another one on the uphill side. Both of these streams are still cutting a channel and seem to be plugging up a lot with sticks, mud, etc so these crossings should be checked every couple seasons.

February 16, 2020

Scott Nelson and Sandra Nelson. We skied the lower2/3rds of the trail from middle swamp down after descending from the col south of Spectrum Peak. The huge tree at 2.2km has broken and we could not tell where the trunk / shards ended up. They are under the snow somewhere. The upper parts of the trail were adequately well covered but it started to get lumpy with occasional wet holes below ridge S turn. Traverse S turn was also quite lumpy. Bridge 2-3 snow coverage was good except right around bridge 3 which needs to be widened and moved west. Clearing width should be generally increased in the ridge draw, boulder hill, upper bench and bridge 3-4 and bridge 1-2. Bridges were in similar condition to observations last year. Trailhead draw had good coverage on the side. The bottom of the upper draw was lumpy with water induced holes.

March 24, 2019

Scott Nelson, Sandra Nelson, Erik Nelson, Halle Nelson. Surveyed the lower trail while out skiing with the kids. We only went as far as bridge #4. Biathlon Descent was good but a bit bushy. Uppermost part of trailhead draw was open, 1-2 trees down across the draw. Bridge #1 was ok, Bridge #2 was good, Bridge #3 was ok (actually we crossed on an adjacent natural snow bridge) and bridge #4 was completely buried in snow with the creek bridged naturally. The swamp between bridge #2 and bridge #3 was fine, with the semi-cleared detour around the east side being easy and better than detouring around the west side. Skiing through the middle was possible too, but the east side detour was easier towing Halle. A big tree broke near bridge #4 earlier in the winter, sending shards of wood flying. The biggest of these was 20 feet long, sticking upright in the snow on the climb to the lower bench. Widening of Bridge #3 and further trail clearing between #3 and #4 still recommended.

October 30, 2016

(Scott Nelson, Jonathan Ross, David Percival). We cleared the trailhead draw on alternating sides, dropping all the cut logs down into the bottom of the draw itself to improve snow retention. We also cleared the upper bench on climber's left to avoid potential open water.

October 16, 2016

(Ross, Scott, Sandra, Erik & Halle Nelson, Christian, Line & Fenya Veenstra, Ben Singleton-Poleser and Matt Parisien). A wet kid-friendly trail building day on which we dug various ditches to channel the stream away from the trail on the Biathlon descent and constructed a bridge over the creek using some salvaged logs from an old WOP bridge.

March 26, 2016

(Scott Nelson). I skied nearly the full trail, replacing missing markers and realigning markers as necessary for the cleared sections where the old markers no longer made sense (just north of ridge pond, small swamp, traverse S turn). I marked a realignment in the lower swamp, between bridge #3 and bridge #4. I flagged a realignment at Forest Hill. I marked tree throughout the trail for removal (particularly in the lower trail: biathlon descent, trailhead draw. lower swamp, upper bench, ridge draw, Key Lake outlet, Key Lake north. But also on the upper trail (Beverley Creek Bank, forest hill). Bridge #1 was good. Bridge #2 was ok. Bridge #3 was too narrow (needs to be at least 6 logs wide). Bridge #4 was incomplete, but the creek was bridged naturally by snow just upstream. The creek at Middle swamp was bridged naturally by snow.

Due to the warm, wet winter we've been having, there were many deep holes in the snowpack, particularly on the lower trail. The problematic areas were: Biathlon descent around the creek. Trailhead draw: crossing bottom of draw ok, then draw was open. Marginal skiing up along markers on skier's left (more clearing required). Ok at narrow mid point, then open again for upper portion where I was forced to the skier's left (more clearing required, trees marked for removal. The next minor draw to the west was also open. The draw traverse was excellent, and the trail generally good up to bridge #2. Between Bridge #2 and Bridge #3 was very difficult, as the whole swamp was melted out and I stuck to the climber's right side to bridge #3. Beyond bridge #3 the swamp was also open, so I remarked a new alignment along a gentle ridge away from the swamp. Bridge #4 was bridged naturally by snow just uphill. The big log just above was ok to negotiate, but the clear path through could be widened. Lower bench was open but ok, upper bench was open, but needed some trees cleared to make is easier to ski. Boulder hill was good. The ridge draw had open sections but they were generally easy to avoid following the line of the markers. I marked problematic trees for removal through this section. Key Lake outlet was open, forcing me to go through the trees on the east side of the outlet (clearing required here). North of key lake was more open water - the best line was along the base of the hill. I cleared some branches to facilitate this but more is needed. The trail was good to the small swamp, Through the small swamp was open water, but easy to detour around. Beyond the trail was generally good, with only a few problems due to low hanging branches and tree wells. The middle swamp was well covered, and the middle swamp creek was bridged naturally. At the Beverley Creek bank section, the creek was fully open but skiing along the bank was ok with just one tight spot (trees flagged for removal here). The upper swamp had an open hole that was a bit tricky on the descent, but removing the adjacent tree will fix this.

November 8, 2015 - Upper trail

(Scott Nelson, Rueben Pineiro, Laurent Perrin, Florence Perrin, Samuel Perrin and Rob Kay). We extended the trail clearing north through the middle swamp, down to the creek and along the Beverley Creek bank.

October 2015 - Lower trail

(Scott Nelson, Erik Nelson, Ross Nelson & Adam Palmblad). We widened bridge #2, started work on Bridge #4 and generally widened the trail through the swampy section.

October 5, 2014 – Beverley Creek Trail Clearing

(Scott Nelson, Ross Nelson, Eddie, Graham, Dave Percival). We cleared the trail through the traverse to Beverley Creek. This section was hard going with lots of tree to remove and steep sidehill. We did an extra thorough job on this section because there are some ups and downs, making it challenging for skiers coming down Beverley Creek without climbing skins.

October 4, 2014 – Beverley Creek Trail Clearing

(Scott Nelson, Chantelle Chan, Yolanda Clatworthy). We cleared the trail from Key Lake to the start of the traverse to Beverley Creek. The S turn in the trail where it enters the first bog was significantly modified, and requires markers to be hung along the improved alignment.

October 27, 2013 – Beverley Creek Trail Clearing

photo(Scott Nelson, Matt Parisien, Evan Morris, Marlaina Rhymer, Luke Busta). We built two bridges on the Beverley Creek trail and completed clearing between the trailhead on Madeley Loop XC ski trail and Key Lake. Above the ponds, 40m of trail was rerouted to pass a large fallen tree. This section needs to be remarked along the new alignment.

October 21, 2012 – Beverley Creek trail clearing

(Scott Nelson, Matt Parisien, Simone Williamson, Ignacio Rozada, Michael Huber, Angela Boag, Colleen Budzinski, Jonathan Ross) VOC and BCMC trail crew. We widened the trail and built a few bridges from Madeley Loop XC trail to the steep climb with the big boulders (~950m). We also cut a new trail down from the low point in the Olympic Biathlon trail.

October 14, 2011 – meeting with Lindsay Durno and Soren Robinson

(Scott Nelson and Bryce Leigh). We met with Lindsay to discuss access signage on WOP property. Lindsay and Soren agreed to put up signs directing backcountry users to the established trailheads where backcountry skiers can leave WOP. Backcountry users will be allowed to use the XC ski trails to reach the backcountry. The small road that runs from the Biathlon Range to the Hanging Lake trailhead sign will be designated as a snowshoe trail and may be used by backcountry skiers and snowshoers. We also brushed out the connector between this small road and the bigger logging road where the trailhead sign is located.

October 11th, 2010

The trailhead signs are now complete. These signs were moved from their original locations at the request of Whistler 2010 Sports Legacies Society (the new owners of Whistler Olympic Park), who did not want the signs to be visible from the XC ski trails.

March 14th, 2010

Ilze Rupners, Sandra and I went up Beverley Creek to finish the job on Sunday, March 14th. With a nice coating of new snow right down to the parking lot, we found only a trace of the icy death crust that plauged us last week. After a couple hours of skiing we arrived at last week’s camp site, had a snack and started putting up more markers. This this time the primary hazard was tree bombs, which fall rather frequently when you start cutting off limbs and hammering on tree trunks. I got hit in the ear, in the eye, and of course down the neck.

A couple hours later all the marker hanging was done, so we decided to find something to ski. We went up to the end of the trail and starting climbing up towards Beverley Lake. There’s lots of micro terrain in this area and it took us off to climbers left, and eventually we found ourselves in sight, but slightly above the pass with the Soo river. Here we started heading straight uphill, working our way up micro terrain ramps on both sides of a loosely defined ridge. The clouds closed in and it started snowing harder as we climbed. We hit the top (or close enough – 1600m) at 2:40pm old time and started a really fun run down.

We dropped over all sorts of little steep rolls until the bottom of the run where there was a rather large cliff. traversing right didn’t work, so we went skiers left and eventually found a way around and down into the narrow talus gulley that runs between Beverley Creek and the Soo River. Some entertaining “Smurfland” skiing brought us back to the end of the trail and the start of the 6km glide, double pole, sidestep and skate back to the truck.

March 6th – 7th 2010 Trail Markers round 1

A gaggle of VOCers joined me on a beautiful Saturday to hang trail markers. Battling the brutal, icy conditions and muddy patches we managed to mark as far as the intersection with the Rainbow Madeley Trail on Saturday. Christian, Line, Phil, Vicky and Janine headed home for the day (via the shortcut over to the XC trails) while Roland, Maria, Anna, Peter, Theresa, Sandra and I headed up to camp on the banks of Beverley Creek. We arrived just as it got dark, had some delicious food and were quickly off to bed. The next day Anna and I tackled the upstream trail while the others went downstream from the camp. The downstream crew did a fantastic job, but Anna and I ran out of markers before we could finish up. When we went down to find the others, they didn’t quite have enough markers to cover the gap, so we all packed up and headed out, leaving about half a kilometer without markers, but with perfectly good flagging in place. We also took the shortcut out to the XC trails to avoid the heinous lower section of trail, and everyone made it back to the car in one piece.

January 21st, 2010 – Final map

The final version of the map is ready to view. You can download a high res PDF here.

January 19th, 2010 – Beverley Creek avalanche terrain assessment

I joined avalanche forecasters Cam Campbell and Peter Marshall on a trip up Beverley Creek to rate the terrain and do some snow observation. Low down conditions are still a little thin with some exposed creek, but up high there is a lot of snow. 4.4m to be exact. On the way down we cut over from the lake to the bridge over madeley creek on Norwegian Woods trail. This was really easy – we just followed the Rainbow-Madeley trail northwest until it started to go downhill and crossed a substantial stream. Then we followed the stream downhill until it made a sharp left turn. At this point we cut over to the right to join the Norwegian Woods XC trail right by the bridge over Madeley Creek. We crossed over the bridge and returned to the car via Madeley Road trail. The ski out was quick – just 1.5 hours from upper Beverley Creek to the car.

November 27, 2009 – Early Season Ski

Jordan Best and Serguei Okountsev for joining me on this one. We started at the Callaghan Country base area (800m) where there was less snow than advertised – only about 50cm in the forest. In a way this was actually a good thing because I wanted to see how the trail skied in low snow conditions. We bought the $6 BC access passes and followed the groomed Madeley Loop XC trail to the bridge over Beverley Creek and started up the trail just west of the bridge. At first, the trail was very wet and there were many open holes in the snow. In fact, the first draw that the trail goes up was mostly bare and wet in the bottom. However we were still able to ski up the side. Because of the recent warm weather, the snow surface was primarily frozen tree bombs which made for difficult, slow travel. We made it up to the small lake (1000m) just fine and I was relieved to find that it remained quite well frozen despite a week of warm temperatures. We crossed and continued along the trail, which went quite well as there were only a few bare areas above here. At the steep traverse to the valley bottom there were some small trees in the way that had been pushed over from the uphill side of the route by the weight of the snow. Then at the steep section that is tight to the creek things went pretty well thanks to the clearing work at the beginning of the month. However at the north end of the tight section a diagonal fallen tree created a step we couldn’t ski up and over, so we had to detour around. This fallen tree will be cut next time I’m up there with a chain saw. Above the tight section things went smoothly and we tied on new flags as the ones that had been put up in October were close to being buried. Past the end of the trail we continued up east fork to the first meadow (1320m), where we decided to stop and do some transceiver practice rather than pursue the poor looking snow higher up. The ski down was difficult because of the poor snow conditions. Serguei’s new boots did not get along with his feet, so it took a few hours longer than expected and we arrived at the car well after dark.

November 1, 2009 – Upper Beverley Creek again

Went back to Upper Beverley Creek to finish clearing the blowdowns and get the chainsaw chain back. Also cleared some brush along the tight spot by the river and straightened out part of the flagged route. Thanks to Line Veenstra and Caitlin Schneider for helping out.

October 18, 2009 – Upper Beverley Creek

Thanks to Doris Leong, Hannes Fugmann and Svenja Herrmann with this effort. We used the Rainbow Madeley Trail to access the mid point on the route up Beverley Creek. First we checked out some alternative routes between the RM trail and the creek itself, but didn’t find anything better than what I’d already flagged. We cleared some brush on the final steep traverse and then had lunch by the creek in the rain. Then we headed up into the upper part of the creek to flag this part of the route. There’s once section where there is a steep slope right down to the river that we didn’t flag – will wait for winter to see what the best route is. Just above this point, numerous 20m long trees have fallen into the creek, but are still hung up on the bank. Up at the fork in the creek, I started working on some blowdowns and got the chainsaw really stuck in one. I managed to get the saw and bar off (with the chain sill stuck in the log) but unfortunately we’d left the other chain behind a ways downstream. We finished the flagging on the way out and headed straight for the car as we were thoroughly soaked by this point. Despite the forecast for reasonable weather, it rained on us for most of the day.

September 7, 2009 – Beverley Creek

Thanks to Matthew Carroll, Phil Tomlinson, Shuyu Fan and Patrick Fan for coming out. We walked the lower part of the Beverley Creek Trail, from the XC bridge over Beverley Creek to the small lake on the ridge between Beverley Creek and Madeley Creek – about 1.7km in all. Once again, swampy terrain ruled the day, but fortunately this time the foliage was mostly skunk cabbage, deer fern and black huckleberry. There was only a little devils club to contend with. We cleared a few small patches of thicker brush and moved a dozen or so blowdowns off the route. One more work day on the upper part of the trail should finish the clearing work for this summer. We also made some adjustments to the route alignment, including figuring out and flagging the first few hundred meters up from the trailhead. On my previous explorations in the area, I’d started further west (from Norwegian Woods trail) but I wanted the trailhead to be as close to the Beverley Creek bridge as possible. I think the new route alignment in this section is actually better than the old one, but we’ll have to wait for winter to find out for sure.

June 6, 2009 – meeting with Lindsay Durno and sign scouting

(Scott Nelson). I met with Lindsay Durno, the operations manager at Whistler Olympic Park. He was keen on doing some large map boards for the backcountry trailheads at the Biathlon Range and Beverley Creek Bridge, in the same style as the existing XC trail map boards. He suggested that he would be able to provide the stand structures if I could provide the signs. Trailhead signs like this would put me over the original budget, so I will be applying for some more funding from the federal government trails program. Lindsay gave me the contact info for the contractors that made the existing signs at WOP – Century signs in Squamish for fabrication and Tom Barret Ltd in Whistler for the mapping and design. After the meeting I hiked up the Rainbow-Madeley Trail to check out the junctions where the new trail up beverley creek crosses it. I identified suitable trees for trail signs at these junctions. I continued up the Beverley Creek route to see how bushy it was higher up. It turned out to be really easy going, as it was mostly swamp. Only one section about 50m long, the steep traverse over to the valley floor, needs brushing.

March 22, 2009

Exploratory ski trip to Beverley Creek via Beverley Creek canyon

April 6, 2008

Beverley Creek flagging

March 15-16, 2008

Exploratory ski trip up to Hanging Lake and down Beverley Creek

February 3, 2008

Exploratory ski trip up Beverley Creek to Beverley Lake

2009 Funding

MEC kindly provided $1948.

National Trail Coalition of Canada (www.ntc-canada.ca) provided $1926.