NTS Map:92F11. Mt. Becher provides excellent views of the Comox glacier and the coast mountains across the Georgia Straight. Hike time to the top is approximately 4-5 hours return and the distance is approximately 11 kilometers return. The beginning of the hike is up the old ski hill and it will get you panting in no time. From there on you follow an old 4x4 track gently heading upwards. Once you get to the parking lot, you will notice a burnt out building and the trail starts to the right of it. Throughout the hike look for flagging and stay to on the main trail. From the burnt out building head up the old ski hill. In about 10 minutes you will pass under the chair lift. In another 10 minutes you will head under the chair lift again, head straight ahead. You are no longer going up a ski run anymore. After 10 minutes you reach a large T-junction, head right, your grunt up hill is now more relaxed. After 5 minutes you will come to an old T-bar lift, head under the T-bar on the path. In a few minutes you will come to a Strathcona Provincial Park boundary sign, head to the right. After 10 minutes you will come to a tree with 2 pieces of wood nailed to it, keep right. In 15 minutes you will come to a directional tree, follow the direction of Mt. Becher. After another 15 minutes you will come to a sign posted tree marked Boston Lake, head right. In 10 minutes you will come to a sign posted tree marked Â‘To The Top,' head left on the main trail, do not follow the overgrown trail to the right. In about 5 minutes you are above a rock face that you just climbed up, stay to the right by the stream. From here one follows the cairns and the flagging, very straight forward. In about 30 minutes you will be on the top.
From highway 19 head north to Courtenay, at the second exit make a right, Piercy Rd. Make a right at the first road it will be Forbidden Plateau Road (it might be called Piercy Rd on some old maps). Follow this road all the way to the top. The gravel road can be quite rough in parts, with some washboard areas. The road is passable by all vehicles. I have never been up in the winter time so I cannot comment on what the road condition is like.
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Posted By: jdAMG
- Thu May 21 01:43:56 UTC 2015
QuestionI've done the hike up to Mt. Becher, it's great (even though the visibility was ~20' when I did it); however, I'm curious about Boston Lake, anyone been? Is it nice? How do you get to it?ANSWERS are in this forum: Boston Lake?
Posted By: EFlanagan
- Tue Jul 15 04:03:50 UTC 2014
UpsideGorgeous hike! Classic Strathcona hike with ups and downs and valleys full of tiny lakes. DownsideThe beginning up the ski hill is STEEP! CommentI left lots of time for this hike based on the comments, turns out with just me and two dogs it went much more quickly. I was on the top in 2 hours and down in 3.75. Once you enter Strathcona Provincial Park you just follow the signs, so it's easy that way. Even up the ski hill you can't get too lost, just go up and to the right, there are a few different trails. Watch for changing weather - it rolls in quickly up there. Went from slightly overcast but warm to grey and rainy in the space of an hour. There was still snow at the top (July 4th 2014) so make sure you bring a sweater/jacket. Lots of water along the trail so no need to carry water for the dogs.
Posted By: DavidHadaller
- Sat Aug 06 17:19:39 UTC 2011
UpsideI really love the amazing views right at the start of the trail. Great steady uphill at the start to get your heart going. A good beginner hike that is only 30mins from Courtenay. DownsideOn the downside, the uphill sections at the start and near the end make it hard to estimate the time it will take to get to the top. We took about 3.5 hours up and 2.5 hours back. The last uphill section was a workout especially when you're 3 hours in and itching to get to the top! CommentI highly recommend this trail, great views and good workout! See a video tour of me and my fiancee's hike: http://www.aboutcomoxvalley.com/your-comox-valley/video-tour-mount-becher
Posted By: bumbleroot
- Tue Jul 15 05:51:43 UTC 2008
UpsideGreat views of the Comox Valley and the glacier! Trail is fairly well marked. DownsideA bit tougher then anticipated for our girls, ages 7 & 12, especially on the way up. It took us a few more hours than we thought it would. CommentEncountered more snow than we expected for July 12th, but enjoyed hiking through it and used it to keep cool. Althought the climb up was challenging for the girls the views from the top made up for it. Will do it again some day.
Posted By: Scrases
- Tue Apr 29 22:38:37 UTC 2008
UpsideYear Round access with appropriate gear. The GRIND up makes for a nice leisurely walk in the park on the return trip!! DownsideIf there is a lot of snowfall - parking at the old ski lodge may be a challenge. We have only experienced this problem once. CommentThis trail is great in both summer and winter with fantastic views nearly the entire route. Winter time will require snow shoes or skis. The trail is well used by back country skiers making it difficult to get lost, even on snowy days! This is a great spot for an overnight winter camp.