Crest Mountain Trail

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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5.5-7.5h
Distance
This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
11.4 km
Elevation
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1,270 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Crest Mountain Trail is an 11.4 km out-and-back hiking route in Strathcona Provincial Park that climbs up a series of switchbacks to reach the summit of Crest Mountain. Along the trail, hikers will pass through scenic stretches of forest and be greeted with terrific panoramic views of the summit. Route finding along the trail can be tricky depending on the weather conditions, but those who can make it up the peak will undoubtedly be rewarded for their effort.

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Route Description for Crest Mountain Trail

Hiking up Crest Mountain is a strenuous affair with hikers traversing an elevation gain of 1,270 m across a series of switchbacks that wind up the mountainside. Snowy conditions near the top of the trail can make for poor route finding, causing many hikers to turn back just shy of the summit. For those with the proper gear, such as crampons or microspikes, taking the extra time to locate the route will reward you with spectacular sights of the surrounding mountain peaks within Strathcona Provincial Park.

The trail begins in the area next to the Drum Lakes and immediately enters into a thick blanket of forest. Here, the route climbs uphill alongside a creek before veering off to the east on a route towards the summit. As you wind your way along the numerous switchbacks, you will eventually break out of the tree cover into some more exposed terrain providing some scenic views across the valley. After passing by a few small ponds, you will eventually reach the summit and have spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and mountains, including Big Den Mountain to the east and King’s Peak across the valley to the south. After taking in the views, carefully make your way back down the trail to return to your vehicle.

Getting to the Crest Mountain Trail Trailhead

To get to the Crest Mountain Trail from Gold River, head east on BC-28 for 14.9 km, and you will find the parking area and trailhead on the left.

Route Information

  • When to do

    June–September

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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