High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Sunnyvale Trailer Park, , Canada.
Interest: Ball hockey, landscaping, tree collecting.
They have taken out the gate for the main Tamihi FSR, which swings around McGuire on it's Western Flank, then follows Tamihi Creek on the South side of the mountain to a point below Spencer Peak.
At one point in time this was a reasonable way to get up Spencer. We also hiked in to Tamihi Lake a few times and ascended Mount Tomyhoi from this road.
That being said, I'm pretty sure the other posters on this thread aren't talking about an approach from the South, but rather the North East ridge. I'm planning on doing McGuire later this summer, so would like to know if the tight rock squeeze is on the drive to the North East ridge.
Sorry Chris, the "start point" on your map is not going to lead to success. You'd have to ford Tamihi Creek, then hike up a v-shaped drainage with about 10 creeks coming in from the sides of the valley.