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Crest Mountain via Trail (Strathcona Park)
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.24 - 08:00:49
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1247m
Participants: Tom Tiedje
Difficulty: 1: Steep switchbacks, good trail.
Steep climb from Drum Lakes on a good trail through old growth forest to an alpine area with good views and several lakes with good swimming.
[photo]DSC_0049.JPG[caption]Log bridge[/photo]

[photo]DSC_0038.JPG[caption]Kings Peak from summit of Crest Mountain[/photo] I discovered some cracks in my kayak, and thought it would be a good idea to get them fixed. So I left Oak Bay at 7AM with the kayak on the roof of the car, headed for the Seaward kayak factory in Chemainus. It was a nice day so after dropping off the kayak I kept going to Campbell River and Strathcona Park. Crest Mountain seemed like a reasonable destination. I left the car at the location described above at 11:50 AM and started walking.

The trail crosses a narrow neck between the two Drum Lakes on a bridge, then switchbacks steeply up hill through old growth trees. After a short distance it crosses a creek on a log bridge (see picture). After about three hours the trail reaches a good-sized lake at the treeline. This would be a good place for a swim but I kept going to a cone-shaped radio tower and solar panel on a high point. From this point I could see that the summit was actually a ways off to the north. There was another lake just north of the radio tower where I had lunch and a swim. Getting to the summit involved following a not very well defined track and cairn trail over some rocky terrain. There is a well-made triangular rock cairn on the summit (elev. 1559 m), with excellent views of King's Peak and the Elk River valley to the south. I got back to the car at 7:10 PM....

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