Flower Ridge in July
Distance - 7.5 km North Peak, 15.5 km to South Peak, 13hrs return: Starting from Lady Falls Trail then up to North ridge leading up to Mnt Filberg.
Date: July 29 2005
Sunny/Cloudy:Sunny in the morning with scattered clouds rolling in my the afternoon
Trail conditions: Very Good, Well worn trail up to Alpine, beatin in trail from North Peak to South Peak with some flagging.
After reading the tales and viewing the great shots of Flower Ridge on the islandhikes forum I decided I had to go up there and check it for myself. Leaving Port Alberni, Yawn... 2:30am and my first stop was Quailicum Beach to pick up Gary by 3:00am. Then it was roughly 2.5hrs before arriving at the Flower Ridge parking lot. We spent no time getting ready to head up the first section, which gained over 1200m to before reaching the North Peak. Around an hour into the trail we came across a natural spring pouring out of the bank on the left side. I heard that this is was a good spot if not one of the last spots to find good clean drinking water. Mind you this would depend on what time of year you are hiking/sking it. Another hour up the trail we arrived on the summit of the first Peak and decided to take a short breather. The views from were the north side of Mt Myra, Tom Taylor with the Golden Hinde showing utself in the distance, but I could see futher up the ridge the views got better. Hiking between the North and South Peaks we cruised by a few small tarns which both looked like good camping spots. One thing I could'nt help but notice was all the colour around me, Gary said it looked like someone had carefully made up this flower beds. There were oranges, yellows, reds, purples, and whites all of differant varitiey and sizes, I see now how it got it's name The Flower Ridge. It was just over 5hrs since leaving the parking lot and all three of us were now relaxing on the South Peak. The views from here "Sucked" no no I'm kidding they were some of the best I've seen in the Park. As now we were looking directly across at the North side of Mt. Rosseau/Septimus. The hanging glaciers where still looking very active and even while we where there we both heard a couple of bangs and booms which echoed across the steep narrow valley. The sounds appeared to be coming from a large serac face above and west of Green Lake. It was over 5 years ago I took pictures of the Green Lake's glacier from the summit of Mt Myra in August and back then the glacier reached right to the lake. Now looking at it I see the glacier has receeded well over 100m, which seems to be the case of most glaciers on Island. So if things keep going the way it is we are proably going to be one of the last generation to be able to walk on a glacier Vancouver Island. On the hike out the old feet were now getting a little warm so a quick cool down in the larger of the tarns made it more enjoyable for the jog down, Oh yea the bugs were gross in the morning but a breeze picked up once we reached the North Peak and we never saw them again.
How to get To the Flower Ridge Trail-Head Starting from the Port Alberni's Info Center. Drive 35km east on hwy 4# towards the Inland island highway turn North drive 110km towards Campbell River's far end. Turn left and drive 40km West on Hwy 28# towards Gold River, instead of turning right and crossing between Upper Campbell and Buttle Lake. Go straight and drive another 29.5kms on the Westmin Rd right to the Mine and pull into the Flower Ridge Parking lot, which is just before you cross over Henshaw ck.
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