Mt. Gardner

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    I had to go to Bowen Island today, so I said, why not do a hike too ! It was 14 degrees C and cloudy at the start. Deep in the forest it got down to around 10, but that’s it. It was very comfortable all day. Some mosquitoes were bothering me, but no bites – so that’s good ! I had the fortune of having the car today, so we started right at the trail head. If you hike from the ferry, there is an extra 3 km and 175 m elevation gain. From the trail head, we started up the gravel road and then veered slightly left into the forest. We re-emerged onto the gravel road 1.3 km later and continued up the road for another 1.3 km. We entered the forest again and continued our climb to the summit. The trail is very peaceful, with the sounds of birds and small streams. Just before the approach to the summit, there are ropes for assistance, as it’s a pretty steep section – they help, especially going down. When we got to the top, we stopped for a break on one of two helicopter landing pads up there. There are a number of telecommunications antennae and repeaters up there. Unfortunately, there was zero visibility at the summit, so no good photos from the top ! We saw only two other people today.

    The stats:

    Distance: 8 km (return)
    Low point: 126 m
    High point: 713 m
    Elevation gain: 587 m
    Trailhead: 49° 23’ 26” by  123° 21’ 48” (Google Map)

    Here is the route…

    Here is the best view of today from 550 m…

    Mt. Gardner

    Here are some trail photos…

    Eerie feeling

    Trail 3

    Trail 1

    Trail 5

    Freshly fallen tree

    No view from summit…

    No view today from Summit

    Antennae at top…

    Antennae at top

    Ropes near summit…

    Ropes nearing the summit

    ★★★★★★★★★★★

    Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.

    Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.

    For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
    To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.

    ★★★★★★★★★★★

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