A continuous uphill single and doubletrack emerging in an alpine opening with 360-degree views of BC”
— Tad Davis
Currently there is a sign at the start of the trail indicating that the trail is closed 1000m ahead. It is not the Alouette Trail, but another trail (the fire road to the west apparently), that is closed.
Features: Birding — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers
Slow going at times as the trail becomes a stream bed but at other times, when on the fire road, it is quite smooth.
Start up the trail and cross a bridge before you come to a fork with the Mike Lake Trail. Continue right and you'll soon be looking up the portion of the trail also known as the Incline Trail. This is a long, straight, rocky trail. Just before the mile you'll come out onto the fire road. Turn right and follow the smooth wide fire road for awhile. Watch for the trail sign and picnic table on your right. There is a view through the tree at this point.
Continue on and just after a sweeping switchback on the road watch for the trail on your right (you could continue on the fire road, which may be easier to navigate, but this shortcut is the Alouette Trail). This next portion is a steep climb with step ups and rocks at times. Emerge onto the fire road again after a short time and continue to your right. The fire road will pass through a helicopter landing area and will soon become less and less road and more and more singletrack, rocky trail.
Just after mile 4, the trail turns to the right (with a trail intersecting on the left). The climb becomes more intense now with many steps ups and one small ladder. Eventually, you'll see a large rock wall to your left. The trail will soon flatten and the view will open up to an alpine forest. You'll head left and up one last climb before reaching the top of Alouette Mountain. From here, depending on the day, you'll have 360-degree views of BC with Blanshard Peak just a short distance away dominating the northern view.