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Backside trail

Backside trail

Backside trail

Page Type: Route

Location: British Columbia, Canada, North America

Lat/Lon: 49.41000°N / 123.08°W

Object Title: Backside trail

Route Type: hike/scramble

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: hike up

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Page By: tlogan

Created/Edited: Jul 30, 2003 / Oct 19, 2005

Object ID: 158408

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From the parking lot you head out through the campsites until reaching a series of large boulders on the left hand side and there is a small stream called Olesen Creek that runs by right there as well. Up and over the boulders are the 300 or so stairs that you have to climb before you are properly on the trail.

Route Description

Simply follow the trail to the top... as there are three separate summits simply follow the trail (which are all clearly marked) to the desired summit. After 45 minutes or so there is a rocky plateau where you can stop and look out to the southwest and have a snack and a break if necessary after that its straightforward hiking along the steep trail through the forests and on to the summit.
The trail is a 7km loop that has an overall elevation gain of 600 meters so be sure not to take the hike too lightly.

Essential Gear

Sturdy boots, lots of water, sun screen and maybe rain gear to be on the safe side. If you are palnning on doing any of the bolted routes on the face itself all the requisite gear plus plan for an overnight bivvy as well the 15+ pitch routes take more than a day.

Miscellaneous Info

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This is a view of the second...The view southwards from...The View from Atop the ChiefThis is part of the trail...Much of what you\'ll see on...Tenting at the top under Moon Light