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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-25-2016, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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Mmmm, Mount Drew.
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It was nice to finally put a tick next to Mount Hallowell in a couple of the 103 Hikes books and to get some different views (and some ideas). A visit to Powell River might be in the future. And it was nice to catch up with a friend from high school, meet his family and enjoy a beer and dinner at their place on Porpoise Bay.

1. Freda, Overlook and Diadem with Jervis Inlet below.
2. Marlborough, Churchill and Spencer.
3. The old fire lookout.
4. Zoom on Rainy, Tetrahedron, Steele and Panther.
5. Broad view across Sechelt Inlet - Mount Drew then Keene and over to the Tetrahedron area.
6. Off trail in the upper cutblock.
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I have read that some particularly large and old yellow cedar have been found on the slopes of Hallowell and the plateau but it doesn't look like you bumped into any?


That clearcut over towards Drew is big! Relaxed VQOs there perhaps.
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iirc, that clearcut is either private land where VQOs didn't apply, or the rule was not yet applied - from what i remember it was logged in the early 90s, still growing back (poor growing index). The Egmont locals hate what it did to the view
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I have read that some particularly large and old yellow cedar have been found on the slopes of Hallowell and the plateau but it doesn't look like you bumped into any?
We did see some old growth on the trail, one cedar was impressive for the elevation, not sure if it was red or yellow though.
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iirc, that clearcut is either private land where VQOs didn't apply, or the rule was not yet applied - from what i remember it was logged in the early 90s, still growing back (poor growing index). The Egmont locals hate what it did to the view
Interesting. Good size scar from a road failure too.
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Very nice!
Learned VQO. Think it's good sometimes to get a visual objective of what's really going on.

Did you need the snowshoes? I always see people with snowshoes where I think it's still easier without.

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Very nice!
Learned VQO. Think it's good sometimes to get a visual objective of what's really going on.

Did you need the snowshoes? I always see people with snowshoes where I think it's still easier without.
There was hard pack beneath the fresh snow (some postholing on occasion) so they weren't needed on this trip.
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Thx for this TR. Nice shots too. i was just up there before the snow hit. The trail through the alder patch just below the summit has become much less distinct than it used to be. It's now almost indistinguishable from the surrounding area although more obvious if there's no snow.

I first climbed up hallowell in 1979 when I was a forest engineering staffer working in that area. At that time the BCFS lookout station was no longer being used but was in much better shape. It still had a lock on the door. The views much less impeded. I still like grinding up there, many great views of drainages up Jervis where i spent a lot of time in years past.

There is a sweet stand of yellow cedar up there, called the Caren Cy Stand, you would have skirted by it when headed off the upper logging road into the old growth forest. Some very impressive specimens farther into the forest, some in excess of 1,000 years old. A research paper submitted to the World Forestry Congress 2003, stated that a yellow cedar stump was discovered, near the lower extent of the Caren Cypress grove, that showed 1850 annual rings. I've spent much time there but have never seen it. There is a huge Cy nearly four meters in diameter (DBH) at the eastern edge of the stand. Amazing! Fortunately the whole area is now part of Spipiyus park, although some very rare and excellent Cy stands were left out of the park boundary.

sounds like you used this lower route to access the summit?
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Sounds like you used this lower route to access the summit?

Yes, that's the route. I had studied your mine trip TR and had a map from 103 Hikes (5th edition).
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Really enjoyed this TR - nice to see Freda and her friends from the south, I always view them from the north. And yes, you should hit Powell River sometime.
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Sounds like you used this lower route to access the summit?

Yes, that's the route. I had studied your mine trip TR and had a map from 103 Hikes (5th edition).
there's a very cool alternative route up there, leaving the highway at the Trout Lake road on highway 101, just past Trout Lake which is at the side of the highway north of Sechlet. It is best done on an off road motorcycle as the heavily brushed in roads will scratch a 4x4 mightily. This route takes you right to the turn off into the forest from the old logging road leaving a short hike to the summit.

best part of this route though is the incredible views of sechelt inlet just past Lyon Lake from the old road on the other side of the plateau, quite good indeed

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