Thursday, January 29, 2015

Eagle Bluffs

We've done this hike a couple times with Whiskey but what makes it so strange this year is that Cypress Mountain has no snow! The ski mountain is bare this year and I've never seen it like this, especially in January.
The Cypress Ski slopes in January
Not much snow on the trails either, but a little slippery
beautiful mist on a snow covered pond
Whiskey blends in, this is her land!
Eagle Bluffs is a great short hike if you are ok with a steady incline. The elevation is only 350 meters and is over pretty quickly. Once you reach the top of the elevation climb, there is a nice view from Black Mountain and then you head through a meandering trail to Eagle Bluffs for a beautiful view of the city. It's a great 3-4 hour hike from the Cypress parking lots but be warned you'll need to get a free yellow "hiking pass" to walk past the ski area during the ski season (you can get the pass at the old lodge where the buses pick up and drop off).

A little stream of melting water
Vancouver's mountains are gorgeous
pausing for a break on top of Black Mountain
A view from Black Mountain
the trail is sometimes also the stream
Normally I wouldn't attempt this hike in winter because of the incline and the snow (well maybe with snowshoes), but there was barely anything this year and with only a couple slippery bits, we could easily accomplish it in hiking boots.

markers and trail is very easy to follow
breathtaking view from the Bluffs
the city from the mountain
Whiskey just wants to play with the snowboarders
We had a bit of trouble keeping our curious Vizsla off the ski slopes, as the hike follows the ski slope up. Be sure to keep your dog on-leash if there is any traffic! Whiskey was exceptionally bouncy today and must have ran 3x times the path going up and down like it was nothing. This must be an "extra bouncy" stage of puppy-hood.

At the peak with my Vizsla girl!


  1. I love to read about your adventures with Whiskey, Adele! She is stunning! And your photos are amazing!
    Can I ask what kind of lens do you use? I struggle quite a lot with the terrible light during winter here...
    Greetings from Maple Ridge.

    1. Hello Gabi! Thanks for your comments, your'e really sweet! These were taken with a Fuji Xt1 with a 18-55mm and a Canon S110 (which is a high end point and shoot). We also have a 35 mm for the Fuji and sometimes use an older D90. It's not very easy to shoot a moving dog with cloudy or dark conditions, especially in the forest. You basically need to increase the ISO and have a quick focus, or manually set the focus point. We also shoot in RAW (even the point and shoot) so we can use Lightroom afterwards to help sharpen sometimes. My suggestion is, depending on your camera, use RAW, 800+ ISO, understand focus options on your camera, and shoot 1/2 stop darker and adjust in post (if you can). Otherwise, shoot often, and shoot lots! Hope that helps :)

    2. Oh I just saw your site! Amazing photos yourself! Honestly shooting these fast dogs is so difficult which is why we struggle not to spend too much money on a faster camera just to get the focus better. We also pay Whiskey in cheese and prosciutto to have her pose well (she is really good at posing). Now i'm going back to your site to look at more photos :)

  2. Thank you so much for your comments, Adele! I had Nikon D90 and last year I switched to D610. I have an old lens from the D90 (18-200) but unfortunately it's not full frame lens so it doesn't work too well with the D610. I also have 50mm 1.8G but with this one I can't zoom. One day I will invest in a fast full frame lens. Sometimes it's just impossible to get Ace into the frame because he is too fast :)
    Thank you for your sweet comments about my site! I'm so so behind with posting photos and stories from our life. 24 hours/day is just not enough to do it all!

    I'm looking forward to seeing more photos from Whiskey's life. She is beautiful!
    Have a wonderful rest of the weekend, Adele!