It had been a good couple months since me and Simon had done any trips together, he sent me as message asking if I was interested in a trip a couple days before. It doesn't take alot of convincing for me to book a day off work so I just let him pick an objective as I really didn't care, I just wanted somewhere to go to kick off the 2016 season. I'm beginning to think he's just using me for the free ferry travel as we went over and did Mt. Varley on Feb 24th of last year.
We caught the first ferry over, drove up towards Pender Harbour and found the turnoff. We used the logging road directions and trailhead directions from a trip report Trailrunner did. There is one rough spot just before the major washout that prevented us from getting to the end, if you have a high clearance 4x4 you'll be able to drive to the washout.
From here it was a logging road walk consulting in the directions at a few forks here and there, continuous snow started around 900m. Snowshoes were not needed on this trip as there was a good hard layer with abit of fresh snow ontop.
After the typical logging road march we found the start of the trailhead with some flagging and a semi obvious trail through some old growth trees. Once in the cutblock there was supposed to be an old skid road somewhere. That was nowhere to be found so we just took a direct line for the peak, bashing, thrashing, and pulling ourselves up through the cut block to get into the more open terrain. There was one other solo hiker we met on the day, named Jason, we all stayed together for the majority of the trip helping with the routefinding.
Finally once on the summit ridge the views started to appear.
2.5hrs later the old fire lookout appears, it's abit of a fixer upper.
The 103 Hikes book says the views are 360 degrees from the summit, well that book was written over 20 years ago and the views were more of trees. Here is us on the top looking out towards Texada Island, some lakes,channels, and Saltery Bay.
On the way back we managed to find some bluffs for some view points looking towards Sechelt Inlet and Mt. Drew and then Tetrahedron way back there somewhere.
The trip down is always fun fast and easy with snow cover, and soon enough we were back marching our way down the road thinking about the beer that Simon had brought along, It tasted as good as we knew it would.
Simon had a buddy on the island, he popped in to say hi at his work, next thing we know we on his porch, having another beer by a fire on his porch overlooking porpoise bay and then getting a home cooked meal although we are so used to eating Mcdonalds or A&W I kinda did miss it. 8:30pm ferry back to the mainland for a long full day.
Simon will probably add some more info pictures so look for his reply.