We had hoped to make an exploratory trip to Mt. Drabble before the snow came to Forbidden Plateau and didn’t quite make it, but we had a beautiful day. We approached it from the Strathcona Parkway and then logging roads. It had snowed a few inches about 24 hours before, but most of the logging roads were fine. However, we decided to walk rather than drive up the last steep section of road. From the the road it was easy to get onto the ridge which leads gradually up to the summit of Mt. Drabble. The ridge quickly becomes sub-alpine with great views and many tarns. The route was well marked so that we could follow it in the snow without being familiar with the trail. The snow made our time a bit slower as we checked frequently to make sure we were on track. There was one significant dip in the ridge, but mostly the walking was steady and gradual. From the end of the ridge there are great views of Forbidden Plateau, Georgia Strait and the mainland mountains. The reward for effort is very high on this trip. 11.8km (4 km on the road); 442m elevation gain to 1,353m; and 6 hours (1¼ hours on the road).
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