Squamish to Gibsons: The Mythical Track

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I heard about this intriguing little legend of BC, that there's a mysterious and well hidden 4wd track that somehow leads from Squamish area to Gibsons on the sunshine coast. Many tell stories of "someone they knew" who did it in their rusty old Subaru and such, but nobody seems to be able to demonstrate how it's done.

What do you guys think? Is there a way? I know a hiking trail recently made it through, but what about a vehicle passable route? Could one be found by somehow connecting existing logging roads? From what I've seen, if anyone did do it in a vehicle, it would have been Darien Gap-esque bushwhacking. a good chunk of the way. I also think it would have to connect up to somewhere in the Ashlu mine area, as that seems to be the only bridge across the Squamish river, unless someone knows a fordable spot.

I'm just curious to know how many know of this legend and whether it's ever ACTUALLY been done.
 
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I've done some checking around on Gaia and Google Maps, and I think if there is any potential way, I may have found it.

The problem is, the hikers found it first, I believe. It seems to me that Pashoka Pass from Ashlu A600 road going through the valley below Coin Lake and Sigurd Peak is the only possible way one might ever get a vehicle through. According the distance measuring tool on Google Maps, one would only have to go about 9.5kms through the mountain pass and over a "small" saddle between the mountains to meet up with a logging road that leads all the way to Gibsons past Woodfibre and Port Mellon.

As I said before, though, I think it's possible that this is the very route used by the trail builders who have been working on a hiking route to Gibsons for many years. I imagine trying to bush bash it in a 4wd might be heavily frowned upon by the hiking types.

Just for the sake of finding out for myself, I may just take a drive up there one day as far as I possibly can and then scout the route on foot and see if it might be possible. If anyone knows more, please post here!

EDIT: Taking a closer look, I see that Google Maps unfortunately has a very serious error - they've seen fit to draw a rail straight road right over the top of a mountain peak to connect two forest roads that are obviously quite separate on opposite sides of the mountain. It looks like the way is quite impossible at this point. Never trust google maps fully, it seems!
 
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That's disappointing. If you have any luck figuring out a route I would be very interested in doing it!
I was looking at the map and thinking there might be a route past the hydro project at Cowholm lake, but it's very hard to tell by the sat photos. I think it would take some poking around from the Gibsons side to really find out.
 

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Looking at Google maps, might be easier to follow the easement cut for the power line that runs along the coastline from Squamish to Gibson’s. Looks like it is cut all the way.
 

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Looking at Google maps, might be easier to follow the easement cut for the power line that runs along the coastline from Squamish to Gibson’s. Looks like it is cut all the way.
The big problem you run into with that route is crossing the Squamish river. There's no bridge and I reckon it's way too deep to ford anywhere near there.
 

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If you follow the right of way back to where it crosses the river, it looks like the access road is on either side of the river. That spot also looks like it is much shallower than the rest of the river. No idea if it is crossable there, but looks like the best place.
 

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If you follow the right of way back to where it crosses the river, it looks like the access road is on either side of the river. That spot also looks like it is much shallower than the rest of the river. No idea if it is crossable there, but looks like the best place.
Intriguing! I'm going to scour that part of the map again. You might be on to something!

How perfect would it be to begin that epic adventure with a ford of the Squamish? Dang.

So you from around these parts, then?

Edit: Is this the spot you're talking about?
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Follow the road along the red arrow to the south east then cross in the shallow area designated by the green arrow. Then up the road on the west side to the right of way.
 

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Hmmm. Just spent some time in Google Earth, rather than maps. Also loaded up Backroads Mapbook app. If there is a route through, it’s definitely not obvious. Some crazy mountains between Squamish and Gibson’s! Even if you did make it across the river, it doesn’t look like there is much of a track along the power lines. If I lived closer would be fun to see where you could go though!
 

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Hmmm. Just spent some time in Google Earth, rather than maps. Also loaded up Backroads Mapbook app. If there is a route through, it’s definitely not obvious. Some crazy mountains between Squamish and Gibson’s! Even if you did make it across the river, it doesn’t look like there is much of a track along the power lines. If I lived closer would be fun to see where you could go though!
Yeah, there doesn't seem to be a road along the power line cut. I think that feature you pointed out is actually a creek runout rather than a road.

The only spot I've found that looks somewhat promising, at least from sat maps, is Pokosha pass, but I fear the boulder/scree/talus fields are far more impassable than they look from above. Here's a shot of the possible route I was thinking of:
Poshoka Pass.jpg
There is actually a FSR/Trail for the first few klicks of this route, but then it seems to just disappear. The rest of the route is highly speculative and would probably involve a lot of nasty bush bashing, and probably some super steep ascents and descents. Having said that, it is the most "level" route I've found so far, it does end up at an actual FSR, and hikers have done it before.

At this point, I think it would take a ton of work to ever get a vehicle through there, and really it might just be totally impossible.
 
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