The Porcupine Creek Trail starts at the Porcupine Creek Rec Site off a narrow and rough forest service road in the Marble Range. the rainy days of 2020 had taken its toll on the backroad. It was narrow and rough and a small slide had partly covered the road. Nearby the road is crumbling away and may fall into the creek valley after a good rainfall. The road needs to be closed until some major roadwork can be done. We got in with 4X4’s but we won’t do the road again. We parked and hiked up the trail all the way to the top of Lime Ridge.
The trail disappears when it reaches the top of Lime Ridge. The open karst ridges stretch for 8 km and there are several route choices. For this day, we hiked northwest along the ridge, paralleling the Jesmond Road.
Below the steep slopes of Lime Ridge angled down through the burn with the Jesmond Road at the bottom of the valley and the Edge Hills on the other side. The Fraser River is far below the Edge Hills, only 2.4 km from Lime Ridge, but a descent of 2000 m. The top of Lime Ridge is a desolate limestone ridge.
We returned the way we came, across the ridge, down through the burn, down the creek valley, and along the old double track to our trucks, a 10 km hike in the Marble Range. We will be back in 2021 to do another hike in the area.