Steven Song and crew did this a few weeks prior. There were a few reports floating around about the Tamihi FSR being in decent shape so he went to do it as a sunset hike. I saw his report and figured what the hell, looks like a decent hike to take Jennifer someone whom I haven't hike with before for a after work sunset hike as well. My Toyota pickup 4x4 made it no problem, little sharp waterbars, and 1 bigger angled one. No scraping.
From the end of the cutblock, majority of the trip is following old logging roads. The lower portion of these are overgrown with alder so it's a good trip to introduce someone the skill and hell of alder bashing. It's still fairly young alder, so not to hard to push through it.
After gaining some height the road does eventually open up and the views as well. Tomyhoi dominates the view to the South. From here you have 2 choices you can head up an early cutblock and then follow the ridge to Spencer peak ( this is what we did) or you can follow the road further and parallel the ridge and then head up pretty much once you're below the peak( we descended this way. Up the cutblock we go.
A few minor ups and downs along the way with some really good views of the Cheam Range and McGuire.
After the short ridge walk we are standing ontop of Spencer Peak with abit of time to kill before the sunset. We take some photos, but both agree we would like to not hike out the whole trip in the dark so decided to leave after we have had enough of the pretty colours.
We head back a short ways along the ridge we came on and the just decided to drop off the right, down to a previous cutblock and the old road below it.
The last 30mins or so we had to hike out in the dark via headlamp bashing alder as we went. Long bumpy drive back, then home at like 1am, for work the next morning.