Length: 6.1 km
Condition: Gently rolling on BC Hydro service road, then overgrown logging access road and single-track trail. There are beautiful views of Indian Arm, the Fannin Range and the lower Mainland on the lower viewpoints (Croker, 157) then spanning views of Indian Arm and Coquitlam Lake from the Ridge top and Dilly Dally Peak.
Though the trail is snow-free eight or nine months a year, the park has strict gate opening and closing times. Therefore it's best to experience Dilly Dally, or the span of the entire Eagle Ridge, when the daytime hours are longest.
General Route: Climbs up from N end of Buntzen lake and loops around to Dilly Dally peak.
How to Find: Situated near Port Moody on the outskirts of Anmore. Drive to the parking lot at the south end of Buntzen Lake, and then find the trailhead. There are signs.
Trail Description: The hike begins from the South beach parking lot with a walk along the East side of Buntzen Lake, on the BC hydro access road or on the shoreline Trail. At the north end of the lake, keep right continue north on a gravel access road underneath the power line (The left road continues down to the Indian Arm powerhouses). The right road eventually leads to the Buntzen Bay settlement, but there is a turnoff to the Dilly Dally trail right before the village is reached. At first, the trail is an overgrown logging access road - metal railings, hooks, planks still remain on or near the trail. The trail climbs steadily to the first viewpoint - Croker Lookout, reached after about 2 hours of steady walking - with views of Croker Island, the headwaters of Indian Arm and the Fanning range across Indian Arm. The trail then continues through second-growth forest past another viewpoint (157 Lookout, with views of Indian Arm and the Lower Mainland). The trail eventually becomes a single-track trail, well-marked, in excellent condition, twisting and rising, spanning across a couple of creeks until it reaches Dilly Dally Pass and, after a steep climb, Dilly Dally peak.
From Dilly Dally Peak, you may retrace your steps or continue along the ridge and return via one of the other two trails (Swan Falls and Lindsay lake) that climb from Buntzen Lake to the top of Eagle Ridge.
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