Hiking Trails 3: Northern Vancouver Island

Hiking Trails 3: Northern Vancouver Island

Richard Blier

Language: English

Pages: 225

ISBN: 2:00288533

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The completely revised and updated 10th edition of Hiking Trails 3 is your guide to Strathcona Park and the trails of north Vancouver Island, including Hornby, Quadra, Malcolm and Nootka Islands. Data from the past nine editions has been preserved and revised, with new trails and colour maps added. Now you can read the descriptions right beside the maps, often with photos of geographic features to whet your appetite. This best-selling classic continues to be the essential guide to hiking on what is considered one of the most spectacular islands in the world. The book will appeal to both novice and experienced hikers. Information has been accumulated from local hikers and outdoor specialists, and assembled and edited by Gil Parker, well-known mountaineer and hiker. Enjoy the outdoors!


















Pinder Peak h. Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park i. Lower Nimpkish Provincial Park j. Johnstone Strait Ecological Reserves 27 Port McNeill and Malcolm Island a. Mateoja Heritage 160 161 164 166 172 176 174 175 175 177 177 177 178 178 178 179 180 180 Map  M27 181 b. Beautiful Bay 182 Map  M27 181 c. Marble River Provincial Park 182 Map  M27C 183 d. Merry Widow Mountain 183 Map  M27D 185 28 Port Hardy, Holberg Area 186 a.

The camping fee in the Elk River corridor is $5 per person over age 15, per night (2008). Tr ail  Descending the pass, be cautious of crossing old spring snow which has been undercut by the river. After the upper canyon, the route follows the east side of the river, sometimes high up the side. Tape markers can usually be seen. Cross to the west side of the river to avoid steep cliffs, then recross to the east side and continue down to several E L K R I V E R ( LA N D SL I D E LA K E ) | 99 Map M14  Elk River (Landslide Lake) 100 recent avalanche debris zones.

Few climbing parties enter this way today. Near Zeballos, WFP logging in the Nomash River Valley to the west of Rugged Mountain has extended roads almost to the south face of Rugged Mountain itself. Current access is via Nomash Main and the unmarked, overgrown and heavily eroded N20 spur near Nathan Creek. Tr ail  A steep hike (through large alder in places) and a scramble from the upper part of this spur will allow hikers to reach the main glacier in 3 or 4 hours. To go farther, experience in glacier travel and rock climbing is required.

Cross this stream then get out onto a small spur that leads onto heather slopes and then angles up to the summit. This route is not flagged but makes for an interesting traverse of the mountain. From the west approach to Clifton (Section 18. c) one can climb from the parking spot at the washout to the right directly up steep clearcut, then forest onto a wooded ridge running to Tsable Mountain. This is an access to the traverse described in the next section, from Tsable to Stubbs and eventually to Mount Apps and the southern part of the Beaufort Range.

N o t e s a n d Ca u t i o n s   Hikers must be experienced with coastal travel and geared for extreme adverse weather conditions. Refer to the Hints and Cautions section at the beginning of this book. Gear up for wilderness conditions and allow at least four or five days for your hike. Be prepared for torrential rains at any time of the year. Bring reliable raingear and a good tent with a waterproof fly. Pack everything in plastic bags. Use waterproof covers for your pack and sleeping gear. Carry and use a compass.

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