This hike marked my first time in Skagit Valley Provincial Park, though I was only actually in the park for about 1.5 kilometers. Silverdaisy Mountain lies in an unprotected region that is surrounded by Skagit Valley and EC Manning Provincial Parks. As it is not in a park, the trail is not maintained by BC Parks, so it isn't in the same kind of condition as most of the trails in the area. The conditions reminded me of a more extreme version of the Mount Outram trail. I don't think this is a very popular hike which would explain why it isn't in super pristine condition. I wouldn't be surprised if less than ten people attempted the hike in 2013.
The hike takes off from Sumallo Grove, following the Skagit River Trail for the first kilometer and a half. The area here is fairly pleasant; I don't know that much about this trail, but from what I've seen I would be inclined to return to do more of it sometime. It strikes me as an area that would make for nice snowshoeing in the winter.
The hike winds through some dense coniferous forest, bumping into the river here and there. It eventually gets to the Silverdaisy trail head which (unlike Outram) isn't marked by a proper sign designating where the trail goes (there is a little "adopt a trail" marker though). If you weren't looking for it, you probably wouldn't know it was there.
|Bridge across the Skagit River|
|Skagit River Trail|
|The trail on the abandoned road|
|Looking down the ridge|
More information about the trail can be found here.
|The ridge of Silverdaisy|
|Our turn-around spot|