Located on the Talc/Cogburn Divide, 7 km south-west of Mount Fagervik. Highest peak located on the Harrison-Fraser divide. The Old Settler is a complex mountain composed of a tight grouping of four main peaks, with a prominent subsidiary peak out to the west at the end of a 2km long ridge.
Geologically, the Settler is a real jigsaw. The south summit is composed of bizarre reddish ophiolitic rock, some of which is obviously gabbro or dunite, and some which appears to be a rare gabbroidal gneiss. The Central and Northern summits are composed of a broken, old granodiorite mixed with serpentitite and other dark rocks. Just south of the south peak is a blue zone of schist, and a quartz monzonite or diorite outcrop occurs along the base of the peak near the shore of Daiphy Lake. Finally some limestone with extant mineral claims outcrops below the long NW ridge. There is a proposed molybdenum mine just across the valley of Talc Creek.
The red rock on the Settler offers superb climbing as it is solid and well endowed with holds and cracks for protection, and is grippy and highly suitable for friction climbing. The dark rock is generally somewhat looser.
A large family herd of goats uses the northwest ridge as a natal area to raise newly born kids. Please don't visit this part of the mountain in the May-early July period.
Name Notes: There is a pub in England called the Old Settler near the Harrison's Rocks climbing area. That may be the reason why this prominent mountain near Harrison Lake was named what it is. Another theory refers to the "Old Settlers" who were the members of the Cherokee Nation who moved prior to the Trail of Tears march and were not forcibly relocated.