This trail starts in a fairly straightforward manner, climbing up Mount Hays. As you go up, it is well flagged and well defined. Once you get to the sub-alpine, the trail becomes increasingly faint. Alhough it is flagged, the flags are mostly visible from downslope. Navigating the subalpine meadows is no problem going up, but if a hiker were to turn around, then the flagging may be obscurred. A GPS or additional flagging should be used. Once in the subalpine meadows, an old boardwalk is encountered, and this leads to where the Chalet used to be - it burned down in the late 80's. From where the chalet used to be, walk straight up the hill (quad tracks will lead you), and you will intersect the road. You can then walk down the road to your vehicle.
The time from the start of the trail to the road at the top is 1 hr 45 minutes. The time down, walking the road, is about 2 hours.
Turn south onto Wantage Road from Highway 16, drive past the Performing Arts Center, park where the pavement ends. Start your hike across the road from the Oldfield Creek Hatchery - to the left of the creek that runs down the hill.
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Posted By: WriterMatt
- Thu Apr 28 00:57:46 EDT 2011
UpsideGood exercise, great views, nice easy walk down along the road if you're tired.
DownsideTricky to find your way up near the top.
CommentThis is one of Rupert's best trails (there are lots of others). It takes hikers from the town to the summit of Mt. Hays, through some great open forest, amazing muskeg glades, and along old ski trails from when the mountain was home to a small ski area. At the top there are incredible views (if the weather cooperates) of Rupert, the surrounding islands, the Alaskan Panhandle, and, on a good, clear day, Haida Gwaii. It is admittedly a bit tricky to find your way up in the open terrain at the top, but stick with it and you'll find the road. Check out http://princerupertguide.com for more ideas!
Posted By: xtremepeaks
- Mon Sep 04 12:42:26 EDT 2006
UpsideGreat views of Prince Rupert and islands from the top, if its a clear day.
DownsideVery muddy and wet on most days in the meadows. Muddy ATV tracks near top and dirt bikers on the road who ride very fast.
CommentI enjoyed the forest and the views, and nice run down on the road. Trails is confusing near the top, but just head for the large communication towers. See some photos I took recently here.