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Hello CT Friends. Haven't had much hiking fun lately what with winter+covid. Most of my outings lately have been mountain bike backcountry exploration trips. This one, however, was a nifty bike+hike scamper up Mt Ozzard near Ucluelet BC.

This 700m mountain is best known for the massive radar/navigation dome at its summit. It's also known for stunning views up top, despite having to hike up a miserable, gravelly access road which is quite steep for the first few Km. Close to the summit there is a new 'short cut' steep hiking trail which reduces the road hiking by a few km.

I HATE hiking on service roads, especially downhill. So I rode my Mtn Bike up there. That is a seriously ugly, heart pounding climb on a bike, requiring several rest stops + a some 'hike' sections. Mrs. XJ6 accompanied me on foot, tough lady that she is😉. I arrived up top much faster than her but I nearly barfed from fatigue🤮.

As we approached the radar dome the clouds came in with -7C temps, snow squalls and 40 knot wind. I nearly frikkin' froze to death! So, no pics off the summit but we had good views below it.

The views of Ucluelet, the broken islands + the Pacific Ocean are awesome. The road hike is dreadful, although thankfully short.

I was so glad I could zoom down the hill on my Mtn Bike. There's a few bike trails up there, pretty tough + technical.

We ended the day with superb walk on sunny Wickanninish beach.


Do this hike. If you do it with a Mtn Bike make sure you have the lungs+legs for it. Ugh
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This is great stuff & another one for my Island list
I got 2 questions:

1) Where is the "trailhead"? Looking at maps I am guessing from Mussel Beach access road, ~5 km from Ucluelet - Tofino Highway?
2) How long does it take on foot from parking to the top?


My own pic from Ucluelet Harbor, with Ozzard upper right; dome is showing & think I can see where road goes up forested slopes
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I got 2 questions:

1) Where is the "trailhead"?

2) How long does it take on foot from parking to the top?
Hey ya Zelz.... You would like this hike. Awesome views. Short, steep, scenic ... my kind of hike these days😉. Do it on clear day. Wind can be fierce up there, even on a nice day.

The TH is accessed by driving down the Port Albion road. I attached more map screen grabs for detail

It takes about 1- 1/2 hours up but you have options: There is a recently built 'new access' spur road up top that shortens distance but is quite steep. However there's great views off this new road.

The usual route up is totally on gravel service road but a newly built, steep hiking trail (blue) has been added that reduces road walking.
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Thank you... I camped once at Mussel Beach, this is why I called road so. It's further down the road from Ozzard trailhead. I remember potholes but generally drive-able. Think I'll make annual 7-day summer trip to Ucluelet-Tofino corridor; only problem is where to stay as hotels/motels are outrageous & camping books up way ahead (Wya charges something like 70 bucks just to pitch a tent, lol)


Wickanninish Beach is great.. I hiked across cliffs to South Beach to little cove, nobody around, real Pacific Coast paradise. Great stuff
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I remember potholes but generally drive-able.
The Port Albion Road is in quite good shape, nice hard surface until you turn left to go to the Mount Ozzard trailhead. That's about a 2 km drive and the road has quite a few potholes. It's drivable but a bit rough.

The Mt Ozzard trailhead is easy to find, there's a big solid yellow steel gate put up there by the coast guard to prevent driving up to the summit.

When you sort out your plans for summer trip to the island, let me know. We'll be on the island a lot this summer. It'd be great to do a hike some place!

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When you sort out your plans for summer trip to the island, let me know. We'll be on the island a lot this summer. It'd be great to do a hike some place!

Deal. I plan to be a lot on the island a lot this year too. We can take this offline.
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I HATE hiking on service roads, especially downhill. So I rode my Mtn Bike up there. That is a seriously ugly, heart pounding climb on a bike, requiring several rest stops + a some 'hike' sections.
This reminds me, years ago, of biking the Monument 83 trail/road at Manning Park. Except there were many deadfalls to get over. Such is the importance of having a bike with low gears for steep hills. I guess an e-bike would have helped but they are expensive and add to the weight.

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I was so glad I could zoom down the hill on my Mtn Bike. There's a few bike trails up there, pretty tough + technical.
I always find that as an upside over hiking.
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Nice, I will keep this one in mind for if I ever get over to the island again. I put together a couple of ebikes last year and this would be perfect.
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I HATE hiking on service roads, especially downhill. So I rode my Mtn Bike up there. That is a seriously ugly, heart pounding climb on a bike, requiring several rest stops + a some 'hike' sections.
I always find that as an upside over hiking.
Yeah, the older I get the less I can handle hiking downhill on ball bearing steep gravel roads. I blew a knee cartilage out years ago doing that don't want to do it again. I just so much prefer having my mountain bike even if it's a slug to ride and pack it uphill.

my bike is well built for climbing, it's a hardtail with a 52 tooth cassette and a 32 tooth chain ring .... but even so, a few km of really steep roads, they're just cardiovascular crush-fests

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Nice, I will keep this one in mind for if I ever get over to the island again. I put together a couple of ebikes last year and this would be perfect.
Frankly, this is where a good MTN E-bike would shine. One day I'll go that route as well.

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