As the end of summer’s good weather was approaching, we took an exploratory adventure to check out a possible new trip for the Club. Mt. Beadnell on Rodger’s Ridge is nearby and was said to have excellent views. True, it’s nearby, you can see it from Quadra, but the access is on logging roads which vary from wide, flat and dusty, to narrow, rocky, and steep. And with unmarked junctions. That was an adventure, but now we know the way.
The trail itself varies from a well-worn foot path to no path and little flagging. It starts out steep and in forest, but it quickly emerges onto the ridge with fantastic views to the mountains beyond Buttle Lake and the mainland including Mt. Waddington. The trail is a steady climb (made slower by excellent blueberries and huckleberries) all the way to the flat, wide-open Mt. Beadnell summit. And the summit does indeed have amazing views all around. The ridge provides the opportunity for relatively easy further exploration. This would be a good day-hike or backpack when the flowers are in bloom. 9.5km; 580m elevation gain; and 6 hours, without the drive.
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