Best of PR Alpine
Powell River Alpine hikes have seen more popularity this year, and we wanted to highlight our favourite Alpine hikes that we accomplished. Emma lake is a hike known for its beautiful lake views, and amazing winterized cabin. This destination had a ‘new’ trail developed this year, starting from A800, and the hike takes about 3-4 hours to get to the top. I took about 5 hours because I was so busy ‘enjoying the views’ and not at all tired by the steep incline. The Sentinel Ridge is one of my favourite hikes of all time, as once you get to the top, you experience everything that is the Vic Cole Lodge and the Sentinel Playground. From here, you can see the knuckleheads and beyond and get a true sense of the alpine area. This hike takes about 1.5 hours from the ‘last turn around’ spot, which is quite treacherous to get to, but well worth it. Typically, the road to the last turn around is accessed by quad, but some dare to drive the road to the last turn around location in their 4X4 vehicles. Skwim Mt is one of the most beautiful alpine locations as the views are panoramic from the ridges, and the lakes are true glacial spectacles. This hike takes about 1.5-2 hours to get to the top from the parking area and is the steepest hike I have ever experienced. Freda Mt is another spectacle in its own, as one of the largest mountains in the area. This hike takes about 5-6 hours to get to the top and is quite technical and challenging. Most people plan to camp once they get to the top because of how long it takes to get there. The knuckles are what you can see from the Vic Cole Lodge, yet they are an adventure in their own. Driving to the end of the road, you hike past Beta Lake and start the hike to the top of the ‘Big Knuckle’. All of these areas are considered to be quite technically difficult, and not recommended for beginner hikers, but are extremely beautiful and worth the climb every time.