Eagle Mountain - Urban Wheeling
For decades, the Eagle Mountain trail (aka Cypress Lake FSR) has been a popular off-roading route in the middle of an urban area, with challenging obstacles and a spectacular view at the end. In 2002, vehicle access to Eagle Mountain was closed by the Province. In 2009, the 4WDABC helped to negotiate a key program, managed by the City of Coquitlam, whereby wheelers could pay a deposit and receive a key to the lock. In 2018, that changed to a Bluetooth lock that allowed the city to track and more readily control access.
You can read more about the history of the Eagle Key Program here.
Today, Eagle represents the only wheeling to be had between Squamish and Stave Lake.
In late 2020, the City handed management of that program over to the 4WDABC, and in March of 2021, we signed a new Section 57 agreement with Rec Sites and Trails BC to take over the ongoing management of the trail and other facilities in the area, in exchange for keeping the trail open for the enjoyment of our members.
Planned and ongoing projects include upgraded signage, trail maintenance, hardening of creek crossings to reduce sedimentation, installation of one or more fire pits at the lookout, construction of a new footbridge for hikers... and operation, maintenance, and upgrades to the Cypress Lake dam under the direction of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (yes, we're now helping out at a federal level!)
There are a number of other stakeholders in this area, including the Cities of Coquitlam and Port Moody, Rec Sites and Trails BC, Fortis BC, BC Hydro, BC Parks, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (including three downstream hatcheries), Metro Vancouver Water Services, and numerous other recreation groups who enjoy the trails. Accordingly, under our agreement with RSTBC, there are a few requirements we need to enforce to help minimize our impact:
- Applicants must be paid Individual Members of the 4WDABC in good standing.
- Applicants' vehicles must have a minimum 33” tire size or 12" ground clearance.
- Applicants will pay an annual maintenance fee, with all funds going toward ongoing maintenance and infrastructure projects.
- All gate accesses will be logged and tracked via the Bluetooth key.
- Keyholders are required to re-lock the gate after passing through.
- Keyholders may take guests along but will be responsible for their conduct.
- Keyholders must ensure accompanying vehicles meet the build and clearance requirements.
- Groups must be restricted to five vehicles or fewer.
- Surveillance cameras are in use to monitor traffic levels.
FAILURE TO ABIDE BY THESE REQUIREMENTS MAY RESULT IN YOUR ACCESS BEING REVOKED.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS AN INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL TRAIL AND NOT SUITABLE FOR NEW WHEELERS. IF YOU ARE NOT EXPERIENCED, TURN BACK NOW.
For more details and a link to the application, please log in to your membership account at www.4wdabc.ca, then find the Eagle Mountain Key Application link by hovering your mouse over the PROJECTS -> KEY PROGRAMS -> EAGLE MOUNTAIN menu on the website (this will ONLY appear if you're logged in with your active membership account!) On mobile, tap the little arrow to the right side of the screen beside each menu.
Please allow up to a week for applications to be processed. Once your application is approved, you'll be sent an invoice for the maintenance fee, and once that's paid, we'll send the invitation. You can download the Master Lock Vault Enterprise app to your phone in advance.
Special thanks to:
- Recreation Sites and Trails BC
- Coquitlam Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM
- A&H Group Of Companies
- Buena Vista West Contracting Corp.
- Mark Johnston
And these three who tend to shun the spotlight but deserve massive recognition for all the time and effort spent to make and keep this a reality:
- Morgan McMillan
- David King
- Kim Reeves
Setup and Use of the App
You may see multiple locks listed - all are for Eagle, but only one is in use at any given time; they're just all in the system, so we can change them out at a moment's notice if there's a problem with one.
When you are at the lock, open the app, press the button on the lock, and in the app you'll see a blue key next to one of the locks.
Press the blue key icon, and the lock will show green on the button to indicate it’s unlocked and ready to open.
There is a time limit on how long it stays green, so if you wait too long before opening it, it will re-lock itself.
If you have any problems or questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org