BC-Vancouver Island / Strathcona Provincial Park
90 min driving from Campbell River
This trail takes hikers up steep slopes of forest slash, across creeks, and to spectacular views of avalanche beds, waterfalls, and gullies. Hikers can expect the first half of the trail to be well maintained with steps and switchbacks followed with less preservation, but still managable. The trail takes about 5-8 hours to get to the peak and would best be done as a multi-day trip.
Starting from the trail head, located just before the bridge crossing Elk River, follow the trail to the power lines and old gravel road and turn right. After crossing a bridge hikers will wind their way up the forested slope until they reach a waterfall, where they will climb up a creek crossing. Hikers should note this may be difficult in high waters. Continuing on the east side of the creek hikers get a glimpse of avalanche beds down below. At approx. 4 hours out is an open meadow that can be used for camping.
Westwards the trail heads up the slope to a mini bowl area where hikers will see a prominent, steep gully that lead up to the ridge. From the ridge, head up a rocky area that will lead to Queen's Face. The trail scoots around the west side of the peak and around this part things level out and great views of Colonel Foster are seen. It's cruise control from here to the top of Queens Face. Here hikers have great views of Puzzle Mt., Elkhorn and Rambler and the crevased snow bowl. From here it's scramble to the top after crossing the saddle between the peaks.
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