Mt. Washington to Buttle Lake
BC-Vancouver Island / Courtenay
34 min driving from Courtenay
This day hike from Mt. Washington to Buttle Lake takes approximately 12 hours to complete. It is advised that hikers have some backcountry and even navigational experience to maneuver themselves safely. Check the weather before leaving and in case of any unseen events, pack gear for an overnighter.
Starting at Paradise Meadow Trailhead hikers will pass Hairtrigger Lake, some meadows and eventually make their way up onto the North Ridge of Mt.Edward. Approximately three hours in hikers will reach the saddle between Mt. Jutland and Albert Edward which will be a good place to stop for a short break. From here, head up the North Ridge leading to a high point on Albert Edwards Southwest Ridge where hikers will then begin heading down the cliff bands. The trail can be unclear, so once the ravine has been reached, stay left, and continue across the ravine where the trail will be picked up and that will lead hikers down the backbone of the ridge before making it to a small marsh. Be aware of flagging tape and the odd rock cairn before the next 150 m steep ascent.
Hikers will then move across some low angled rock bluffs toward the main creek followed by a little waterfall about 5 minutes before Ruth Master Lake. For anyone staying overnight, this is a great spot to set up camp.
Carry on the trail towards the North Shore and it will guide hikers up towards the col between Augerpoint Mountain and an unnamed peak. To save time, as the first false summit (of the unnamed peak) is reached, be sure to drop down and cut across the North slope. There will be some meadows found just above Shark Lake which is also another camping area.
The trail will start to get more defined as hikers begin their decent towards Buttle Lake. Be aware of the odd blow down but otherwise the trail is in great shape. This last challenging decline will guide hikers to Jack Augerpoint trailhead (1.5km from Augerpoint picnic area).
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