Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.
- 8th highest peak in the Park 2065m
- 14km round trip
- elevation gain/loss 1915m
- no permit required
- no electricity nor mobile phone service
I’d hoped to hike high like Outside Epic in one day.
Some tricky scrambling.
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That didn’t happen. 😕
I was there June 14, 2020 — far too early in the season.
It started well. Lovely weather. Easy access from highway 28 between Strathcona and Gold River.
Second growth forest. Some big trees.
Quite quickly I was using my hands to scramble tree roots.
I turned back after reaching a raging creek at 770m that looked dangerous to cross. Snow melt.
My total hike was 4 hours 40 minutes and I didn’t get very high. Not even to the snow line.
In June I should have planned for at least 2 days. Brought crampons and ice axe. Also a rope for creek crossing.
Live and learn.
If you want to hike in a day, schedule any Strathcona peak climb for August / September. Less snow, shallower creeks, fewer bugs.
The ‘trail’ becomes a route above the treeline so navigation required.
Exploring Strathcona Park guidebook by Phil Stone provides 3 main alternate routes to the top.
related – King’s Peak CLIMBING options (PDF)
The best hiking guidebook is Exploring Strathcona Park. Dead tree version available only.
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