High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.
Mt Ozzard Ucluelet
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