Sunday, 27 April 2014

Hike to the Parkhurst Ghost Town (near Whistler) on Sun, May 11th. Rating B2.

*Update May 7th: this hike is full*

On Sunday, May 11th, we're going to a Ghost Town near Whistler! The Parkhurst Ghost Town is the remains of an old, small logging camp that started in the 1920s and continued to the 1960s. Today there is but one shack standing; the rest have fallen down but there are some old cars and other reminants. For those who don't know, it is called a Ghost Town because it is abandoned - it is not haunted.

It is a fairly easy hike to Parkhurst from a parking lot off the main highway: it is about 5km round trip and an hour each way. There are some small elevation gains and the trail is through a forest. You need good shoes, as there will likely be some muddy parts. It is also very important that participants stick together, as the trail is poorly marked at times. We may go for a meal afterwards near Whistler. You must rsvp to attend this hike.

When: Sunday, May 11th. 8:30am – 4:30pm (approximately 3-4 hours of hiking; driving time depends on traffic)
Where: Parkhurst Ghost Town (10km after Whistler)
Meetup Location: 1. Vancouver Tourism Info Center at 8:30am (sharp)
(300 Burrard Street. Corner of Burrard St. and W. Cordova St).
2. White Spot parking lot at Park Royale Shopping Centre at 8:50am

Cost: Members: Free, Non-Members: $5. All must pay their driver $7-$10 for gas and their time.

RSVP to Michael Marland ( by Friday, May 9th (spots in cars are awarded on a first come, first serve basis).
Please indicate:
1) Are you a Mokuyokai member?
2) Can you drive or do you need a lift?
3) Do you want to meet at the Vancouver Tourism Centre or at Park Royale?
4) Your phone number
5) Emergency contact: name and phone number
Maximum number of participants: 15

More trail info:

What to bring: Hiking shoes, jacket, lunch, water, camera, cash, sweater. We are not stopping for anything along the way, so come prepared! Mokuyokai reserves the right to turn away unprepared participants.

Car Pooling & Gas Fee:
We will arrange car-pooling from the Vancouver Tourism Info Centre. It works on a first come, first serve basis (i.e., if someone RSVPs and can drive 3 people, the first three people who signed up get a lift.) Drivers are usually in short supply, so if you can drive, it is appreciated. There is a bit of mud leading to the parking lot.

Please try to give Mokuyokai as much time as possible if you need to cancel. Cancellations 24hrs our less before the event cause issues with car pooling. (It is Mother's Day, so please double check to make sure you are free that day.) If the forecast calls for heavy rain, we will cancel. That decision will be made the night before.

Mokuyokai Rating: B2
=====< Rating System >================
This rating system indicates the difficulty of the activity and how long it will take. Please note that this is just a reference and the time may differ depending on the condition and participant's abilities.

A= Beginner: For everyone. A walk in the park.
B= Intermediate: For the people who occasionally play sports.
C= Strenuous: You regularly exercise and want a challenge.
Time (Estimation of activity time):
1= less than 2 hours
2= 2 to 4 hours
3= more than 4 hours