Distance - 8.5km to summit, 5 km walk on over grown logging roads to start
Time: - 3hrs up.
Date: December 12 2003
Cloudy with storm clouds in distance:
Trail conditions:Fair, Walk 5kms up overgrown logging roads to start.
Having an itch to get out I made a quick desiscion to drive out and do a quick hike up the not so popular Mnt Bueby. It seemed that everyone I asked had no info about the mountain peaks, allot had driven/quad around it's logged off base but none had actully climbed to it's summits. Checking out the maps it looked like a fairly basic route most of it being on abandoned logging roads. It had snowed a week eariler so I was hoping at least to make it as far as Gretchen creek bridge. I did better than that and was able to get up another 3km further up the old Gretchen Main line before getting stopped by snow.
I first started walking up G200B and stayed on it for about 2.5kms and just after crossing the creek which drains the valley turn right and head uphill onto one of it's spur roads. The uphill section I rememered being quite overgrown and some what of a pain to hike through but it finally clears up on top. Up near the very top of the road section it starts to become thick again so I looked for the first easy route to the Old Growth. Once in the timber I first gained the backbone of teh ridge and headed for a small lake about 1km up. On my way down I found out it was easier to just head up the draw which exited the lakes east end. Past the lake I started my ascent up the North east ridge. The hiking in the timber was fairly good to hike but I could'nt tell if it was clear of bush because of snow depth.
How to get To There Starting from the Port Alberni's Info Center. Drive 35km East on hwy 4# towards the Inland island highway turn North then drive 110km to Campbell River's far end. Then drive West on Hwy 28# towards Gold River for about 60km you'll then reach the Lady Falls parking lot turn left just into it just before the Cervus creek bridge. Park here and hike the Lady Falls Trail for the first leg. The hike up to the ridge can take roughly 2/6 hrs depending on the pack weight and hiking speeds.
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