Mount Klitsa (a difficult hike)

Depending on the route and time of year, Mount Klitsa presents a strenuous challenge for hikers and can offer very interesting scrambling for more adventuresome souls.  In May, the mountain is still covered by snow fields and ice axe and crampons are essential.  Our route this day went up to the 1590m summit from the north side of the mountain.  With high clearance vehicles we were able to drive up to 400m elevation (there has since been a big rockfall across the logging spur which isn’t scheduled to be cleared, adding a few kilometers and elevation each way to the trip).  The bluebird day and spectacular views were the reward for navigating the steep summit snow slopes and a long day. 

Minna’s Ridge (an intermediate hike)

Minna’s Ridge is a ridge interconnected series of several low (1420m high point) ridges southeast of the Mount Arrowsmith massive.  It is a beautiful ridge walk that can be done year round as long as there is passable road access on Cameron main.  With the opportunity to extend the hike by a more challenging  side trip to Pea ridge and take in the many tarns, valleys and buttresses along the way it is a favorite destination that is done repeatedly.  Of course care must be taken when icy and snowy conditions warrant, and snow can make it somewhat harder.  The pictures shown are from May. The hike isn’t hard, but trail finding, conditions and off trail travel, with up to 15k and 800m elevation gain make it more than an easy hike.

The Saddle, Cokely and Rosseau ridge loop (An easy scramble)

This popular route starts high on the Pass Main logging road, gains the saddle between Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt. Cokely, goes up the wall to Mt. Cokely, and then follows Rosseau ridge past the Rosseau summit and descends a steep gulley and continues back to the road close to the starting point to make an enjoyable loop.  It can be done all year round but attention to snow conditions is essential in the winter (crampons and ice axe are necessary even when avalanche danger is low).  The route can be completed in 3-4 hours, with around 650m elevation gain.  There are multiple variations to get up To Cokely but the standard and easiest goes to the saddle and bears left up the wall and on to Cokely.