High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Surrey, BC, Canada.
Mount McRae June 22, 2020
My work didn't tell me I had the day off till 10:30am. Not exactly ideal for planning a trip. There is a top 50 prominent peaks of SWBC that I just found out about on Peakbagger.com I had no clue about it till about 1 week ago. I was in 6th place behind Steven Song, Matt Juhasz, Simon Chesterton, Vlad Martinak and Grant Myers so now that I know about this thing and Mount McRae was on it, seemed like something doable with such a late start.
One of my more shitty videos.....
Everyone seems to follow the same route up this thing following Steve Song's track that involves alder bashing unless you do it in winter. I decided to take a gamble and drive up the Hale FSR after studying google maps and sentinel hub to see if this would work out. It paid off as I drove the fsr to 920m.
I started hiking at around 2:30pm, up the cutblock I go, and then run into another logging road. It's pretty open so I follow it, it's going the right direction since I want to do the NE ridge of McRae.
I followed the road to the very end and then the forest journey begins. It was pretty steep at times, kinda bushy at times and kind of open at times. I only hit 1 cliff band that was easy enough to figure out a weakness up.
Eventually I hit snow which is always a bonus to cover up the bush and then once on the ridge it was a very pleasant ramble towards the summit.
I got to the top in under 1.5hrs, definitely the way to do this mountain. Took some shots of Harrison Lake but all the big peaks like Grainger were hiding in the clouds.
Down was uneventful, I stopped on the ridge to take some more photos of Harrison then just bombed back down to the truck.
Last edited by Spectrum; 07-09-2020 at 02:51 AM.