We cycled the Poco Trail yesterday – one of the best trails in the Greater Vancouver area. We were sad to find that the trail is littered with fallen trees, after the terrific wind storm that tore into greater Vancouver on 29 August.
The ride turned into a full body workout, as we lifted our bikes over at least 10 tree trunks. Really sad to see such enormous trees ripped out of the ground like weeds.
You can read a complete guide to the Poco Trail here. And here is a video that shows the diversity of the terrain.
The Poco Trail is 25 km of mixed terrain with great scenery, almost all off-road. Well worth the effort of getting your bikes out there. We have done it many times. Although this was the first time it required weightlifting, and left us feeling completely exhausted.
At one point, an optimistic woman suggested that we all get together and try to drag some of the smaller trees off the trail. We tried, but it was NOT going to happen. It’s going to require getting some heavy equipment to parts of the trail that are far off the beaten track.
In several places smaller trees had been knocked down, requiring some careful cycling.
The odd thing was that only one section of the Poco Trail was (ineffectually) blocked off – and that was NOT the part that had any trees down!
After the wind storm in greater Vancouver on 29 August, thousands of people were without electricity, us included. We only had seven hours without power – we know families that were without power for two days! Crews of workers came in all the way from Prince George to help restore utilities. So clearly, the authorities have other priorities to see to. Hopefully, they will eventually have some capacity to clear the trail.
Do try the Poco Trail soon (hopefully after the trees are cleared) – it’s a great one!
The Poco Trail is definitely worth a short drive to Port Coquitlam! If you can get up early enough, do an early morning ride on Sunday and then get an all-you-can-eat (and very yummy) breakfast at the Gilnetter Pub.
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