Ascent of Mount Gardner-North Summit on 2011-12-30

Climber: John Stolk

Date:Friday, December 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Gardner-North Summit
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:2359 ft / 719 m

Ascent Trip Report

A nice half day outing. Take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver) to Bowen Island/Snug Harbor. Useful maps of the island and trail system were available on the ferry. Head uphill from the ferry terminal and make a right on the Mt. Gardner road. Proceed past Killarney Lake on the right hand side of the road to Bowen Pit Road on the left with a trail sign. Head up Bowen Pit road past some driveways for a few hundred meters to the gated trailhead (~500' elev.). From here there are multiple routes to the summit. The most popular route(our descent route) involves following the Skid trail to the south side of the main ridge and then to the top. We ascended via an alternate route following the road beyond the gate to the north side of the ridge. At about 1700' it flattens out and deteriorates considerably. A few minutes beyond a signed side trail heads up and to the left while the "road" continues on. Follow the blazed trail around and up the mountain. Most junctions are clearly signed. There are quite a few intersecting trail-just follow the logical route up the mountain and you will be fine.
Great views from the north summit. The visible and higher south summit is a short 10 minute walk away. Total elevation gain is about 2000'.
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