This is a superb scramble with a beautiful and wide opened view, the impressive Mount Carnarvon on a side and the President Range on the other.
You have many different ways to access the summit along Hamilton Lake's trail (or Lake) or even by going straight up from the grassy avalanche gully by Emerald Lake. We actually took Hamilton Lake path for 4.5 km, until view opened and we started to climb straight up a dirt slope on our right. Then, the ridge starts to offer you nice views already of Hamilton Lake on the left and Emerald Lake on the other side. You can stick to the ridge and scramble up and down the 3 peaks you'll meet before the true summit. The last false summit has 2 cairns and it looks like it's the end, but you climb down and up the last portion and attain the highest point a few metres further. You also get to go down a crevasse and up a cave formed by large boulders, it's beautiful there.
Elevation 1199 m, 1288 tot and summit at 2506 metres. We did it in 6 hours return but it can be done in less than that for sure.
Going down, we took the avalanche gully, climbing down the head and then in a scree and grassy slope for a half the mileage, but quite steep all the way down though.
Park at Emerald Lake Parking area and find the trail head at the entrance of the parking.
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Posted By: Tango_Charlie
- Sun Jun 19 14:22:13 UTC 2016
What is the hiking trails to reach the summit of Emerald Peak, BC? I believe there is two aside from the main avalanche shoot.
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Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Sat Jul 19 05:52:29 UTC 2014
UpsideSuperb views of Emerald and Hamilton Lake, not crowded and nice scramble-easy scramble on the false summit. DownsideDown the avalanche gully by Emerald Lake is long, steep and boring. CommentI really loved that hike! You definitely should scramble up AND down from Hamilton Lake or close to it. It is much more interesting scramble there and you can "play" on the three "peaks" before the real summit.
We went down in the avalanche gully by Emerald Lake, what a boring path. I would recommend you just find a way down on Hamilton Lake and then take back the official trail that is much less painful for your knees and hidden from the sun if you do it at 30 degrees like we did.