I now know from having climbed the high point of Kishinena Ridge (Editors Note 49.03316, -114.20252) that the Kishinena Creek road is generally in good shape, at least for vehicles with high clearance. Check out the route directions for driving in the Flathead area of SE B.C. as found in the Bivouac reports on either Kenow Mountain and Miskwasini Peak or for the trip up Grizzly Gulch to Kishinena Ridge high point. The approach to King Edward (S) and Starvation follows the same route, looping around the hill that sags down close to the US border (GR 909/307 on 82 G/1 - Sage Creek) (49.0020,-114.3903 on Lodgepole FSR) and then heading NE up the Kish-Valley; be sure to park SE of Mt. Yarrell near the Beavertail Creek valley (it may even be possible to drive a ways up the old logging roads in this valley) - GR 010/386.
However, when Bob, Jack, and I ascended King Edward (S) and Starvation, we had been told that the Flathead roads S of Sage Creek were impassable. As a result, on July 1 (1993) we drove down to Waterton and parked the car at the staging area for Akimina Pass (about a km E from Cameron Lk). We then pushed loaded mountain bikes over the pass and rode downhill (mostly) for some 15-16 km - occasional rutted, washed out, or marshy spots -- to Beavertail Creek. In some ways this is a far more respectable approach than burning ever more fossil fuels, and more time-efficient.
The old logging roads heading E and S on the W side of the Beavertail valley allowed us to cycle another 1.2 km. Considering that we had been cruising downhill for most of this distance, we had grown unwary of the increasing degree of true wilderness into which we were penetrating. I was in the lead and came... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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