Ascent of Mount Gardner on 2005-03-18

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, March 18, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Gardner
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:2385 ft / 726 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is one of the easier peaks with over 2,000 feet of prominence in the Vancouver area and it can be done using public transportation too.

Getting to the peak: In downtown Vancouver you can take express bus 257 along Georgia St. This leaves frequently, possibly every half hour, and goes all the way to the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. The fare is $3.25 Ca and it takes about 30 minutes. Bus 250 also goes out there, but makes more stops so the express bus is the best choice. It’s a short walk to the ferry terminal and a ticket to Snug Harbor on Bowen Island is $6.25 Ca. This is a return fare. There are about 15 trips a day so you won’t have to wait too long.

Hike details: From the ferry terminal follow the paved road through the town of Snug Harbor. Go up a moderate hill and when there is a school on your right at a junction, go right on Mt. Gardner Road. After a kilometer you will see a sign on the left at a dirt road indicating that the hiker’s trail is 1 km further. After about 2 km Lake Killarney will be seen on the right and soon a paved road on the left with a sign “Hiker’s Trail Road”. Take this road and after some turnoffs to private homes there is a white pipe gate and further a sign for the Skid Trail taking off to the left. Follow this trail, which has orange markers on the trees. Near the top there is a sign for the north summit that has radio towers and is lower. At this junction go right to the higher south summit. The trail continues down to Bowen Bay so watch for a sign marking a short, steep spur to the south summit. There is a sign and survey pin on the rock that is the highest point. The south summit with its helicopter pad is worth a visit since it has better views. The hike took me about 2 ½ hours for the ascent from the dock and about 2 hours for the return. If you have a GPS the summit is at: 471670E, 5469430N, Zone 10, NAD83.

Guidebook: The book “103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia” by Jack Bryceland and Mary & David Macaree describes this hike in a bit more detail and has a map that shows the trails. This is by Greystone Books and is $19.95 Ca.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2385 ft / 726 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2385 ft / 726 m
    Start Trailhead:Ferry Terminal  0 ft / 0 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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