Panoramic views from the Flower Ridge trail hike in Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island
Panoramic views from the Flower Ridge trail hike in Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island

Flower Ridge hike

Strathcona Provincial Park
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Cresting the ridge on the Flower Ridge Hike in Strathcona Provincial Park, CanadaMt Myra from the Flower Ridge Hike in Strathcona Provincial Park, CanadaViews from the ridge on the Flower Ridge Hike in Strathcona Provincial Park, CanadaHalfway of the Flower Ridge Hike in Strathcona Provincial Park, CanadaSurrounding peaks on the Flower Ridge Hike in Strathcona Provincial Park, CanadaMt Albert Edward from the Flower Ridge Hike in Strathcona Provincial Park, CanadaLake Crema from the Flower Ridge Hike in Strathcona Provincial Park, CanadaLooking southeast towards the mountains surrounding the Comox glacier from the Flower Ridge Hike in Strathcona Provincial Park, CanadaNine Peaks and Cream Lake from the end of the ridge on the Flower Ridge Hike in Strathcona Provincial Park, Canada

Flower Ridge hike

Distance: 15.3mi
Elevation: 4,790ft
Time: 7-10h

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The Flower Ridge hike starts with an arduous climb up the first half of the route. This hike then leads to a stunning, flower studded alpine ridge with fantastic views into the south end of Strathcona Provincial Park. The traverse of Flower Ridge is filled with views of the most striking peaks on Vancouver Island, including a picture-perfect view of Nine Peaks across Cream Lake.

Flower Ridge hike Map

Getting there

From Campbell River head west along BC 28 towards Gold River for 29.4mi. Roughly 4.0mi past the entrance to Strathcona Park you will reach a junction where you will continue straight towards Westin Mines, along Westmin Rd. Follow this windy road as it contours along Buttle Lake for just under 18.6mi. A short way past the Ralph River campground you will see signs for the Flower Ridge trail on the left. Park in the ample dirt pullout.

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About

When to do

July - September

Backcountry Campsites

Several Camping opportunities along the ridge

Toilets

No

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Poor

Crowd Levels

Low to Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Flower Ridge
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Route Description for Flower Ridge

From the parking area look out to the highway and see a sign pointing to the left (south) with “Flower Ridge Trail”. Cross the bridge over Henshaw Creek then find the trailhead to your left.

Over the initial 3.7mi of the Flower Ridge trail (roughly half of the way out) you will gain over 3281ft. This is along a well-maintained BC Parks trail, which has a number of well graded switchbacks. You will have several sporadic views along the way, typically to the west looking at the east aspect of Mt Myra.

Finally, after several false lips you will crest Flower Ridge and emerge from the trees. Beyond Myra, you will get views to the east looking at the mountains surrounding the Comox Glacier. More to the Northeast you can even see the tip of Albert Edward (another hike on this list) poking its head out.

Continue hiking along Flower Ridge for another 3.7mi, with the trail undulating up and down. The trail is at times hard to follow since the route along the ridge is not maintained by BC Parks. However simple intuition and watching out for cairns usually does the trick just fine.

As you progress south along Flower Ridge you will get some fantastic views of Mt Septimus and Rousseau directly to the south. Looming over Flower Ridge, these mountains provide a stunning ambiance. At the end of Flower Ridge, you can look down to the southwest across Cream Lake at the picturesque Nine Peaks in the distance, in between Septimus and Big Interior Mountain.

There is no official end to the Flower Ridge Trail, however BC Parks claims it ends after approximately 7.1mi. Simply find a good spot to sit with the classic view of Nine Peaks and call it a day! Then return the way you came.

Insider Hints

  • There is very limited water along this trail, only a few somewhat dirty tarns along the ridge. Bring enough for the long slog up!

Comments

YukihiroSato 1 year ago

The road less traveled by is the road worth remembering. Arigato!

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Hiking-eh 1 year ago

Summit view is stunning!

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matsuomako 1 year ago

Lots to see. Wish I had seen some wildlife.

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Peter Wilson 1 year ago

Oh god. My legs. Wow. This is no joke, no siree. Yes, it's worth it. Yes, it's going to hurt.

Brandon Houston 1 year ago

The scenic views were incredible. Worth all the challenge and sweat!

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Rowan Sanders 1 year ago

You will see spring wildflowers, panoramic views and Alpine lakes. Flower Ridge is gorgeous in it's own.

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SophieM. 1 year ago

Stunning! One of the most challenging yet rewarding hike so far.

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Tara Green 1 year ago

It was a hard challenge but it worth it because of the great views and scenery

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Meighan 1 year ago

The trail terrain was amazing - not too full or foots or too rocky. The trail is steep which makes the hike difficult but it was worth it because of the picturesque view and scenery.

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Olivia P. 1 year ago

’ll be back one day - absolutely stunning!

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