Myself and 2 buddies drove to the trailhead on Sunday afternoon. This is about 45 km inland from Gold River. We set up camp, relaxed, and enjoyed the starry evening. We woke to rain on Monday morning, so took our time with breakfast and de-camping. The rain had pretty much stopped by the time we got moving at 8 am. The first bit of the trail is through logging slash, and then sub-alpine forest with blueberry underbrush. It is about a 20 minute uphill grunt to gain the ridge, then a pleasant alpine ridge hike for 2 and a half hours to get to the South Face of Victoria Peak. We couldn't see our destination because of fog and snow!!!
We saw 5 ptarmigan and several grouse.
Upon reaching the base of the South face, we had to put on crampons and descend the small icefield, then make our way to the hidden gully, and up the ramp system to the "step".
After the step, we lost the route in the fog and climbed to the wrong summit. Just about this time, the fog decided to lift and we could see a point about 100 meters to our left that looked to be about 1 meter higher than where we were sitting... OH NO!!! Between us and the summit was a narrow ridge with wild exposure on both sides, so we decided to rap down the way we had come up and try to find the right route, now that it was bright and sunny!
It was a simple matter to pick up the route and in 10 minutes we were on the top... the right top!
We now had a beautiful fall day to make our way back through the alpine to the trailhead... total time for the day... 9 hours even with our detour.
I've left the best for last...
For those of you unfamiliar with the Island, Victoria Peak is the third highest mountain at 2163 meters