The hike to Mt Becher is a fantastic half-day in Strathcona Provincial Park. This hike has unbelievable access to the alpine and yields amazing views over to the Comox Glacier and Mt. Albert Edward. The sloping dome of Mt. Becher is the easternmost peak in the park.
From south Vancouver Island, head north towards the Comox Valley along BC-19. Watch out for exit 127 towards Piercy Rd on the right. Loop around on Piercy Road for 1.5km then turn right onto Forbidden Plateau Rd. Follow this road as it turns to dirt (still easily passable by sedans) all the way up 15.0km to the parking lot of the old Ski Hill.
|When to do|
July - September
Low to Moderate
Out and back
The hike to Mt Belcher starts in a less than pristine area. Don’t worry, you will soon leave the decrepit Forbidden Plateau ski hill behind and enter Strathcona Provincial Park.
From the base of the ski hill start heading up the obvious trail to the right of the large concrete structure. You will quickly start to gain elevation and pass by the old day lodge for the ski hill.
Continue up the trail as it switchbacks under the ski lift to the left, then loops around back to the right. Follow flagging tape as you follow this very old logging road up through what are now gladed ski runs in winter.
You will soon find yourself on a plateau far to the right of the ski lift. Continue following the trail and flagging tape as you cross the last bit of the ski hill.
You will finally see a map indicating that you are about to enter Strathcona Provincial Park. Continue along the better trail as you hike through the meadows on Mt. Becher’s northeast flank. You will pass by numerous gorgeous ponds as you meander, gaining elevation at a moderate rate. You will arrive at a junction where you will turn left, following signs for Mt. Becher.
As the trees begin to thin out, you will get your first view to the east, of the ocean with the Coast Mountains looming on the mainland. Continue up the trail as it steepens to climb the final section of Mt Becher.
It is hard to determine which is the exact summit due to the dome-like nature of Mt Becher. Don’t worry, plunk yourself down wherever you like and enjoy the view.
To your south you will see Comox Lake and the rugged hills surrounding Cumberland. To the west you can see the Comox Glacier and the ramp leading up to Mt. Albert Edward. The view east of the ocean is another stunner. Enjoy the view from the top of Mt Becher and then hike back the way you came.
This hike is typically underestimated. Remember to bring ample clothing and water, since this is a wilderness outing.
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