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Mt. Prevost is typically closed in the dry hot months but is awesome in the Fall, Spring and well into the winter--it is truly worldclass!
Note: The GPS data provider says: We went up a biking trail and bushwhacked some down hoping to find a new trail but without success, found bears instead and ended up eventually on a road (pity).
Mt Prevost is accessed off Somenos Rd just north of hwy 18, and about 2 k west of Hwy 1. Follow and park by gates to hydro station and wind your way up the gravel road to the top. Follow the signs to "cairn" there are a few lefts and rights as you ascend (not difficult) as I recall, but, a better option is to hook up with Iguana Ranch Guesthouse who will shuttle you and ride with you. You'll see the parking area up top, the trail entrance is obvious (in the cleavage between the two peaks), a well ridden path taking you down the main trail. A GPS track would be really sweet!
Where to Stay:
A good place to stay, with it's own MTB park on their 8 acre B&B is the nearby www.iguanaranch.com , wicked stunts. Anita and Paul are your hosts, Anita cooks gourmet vegetarian, Paul is a semi-pro rider who will give you a few tips. Never seen anything like it, and it's budget oriented.
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Posted By: thebchiker
- Wed Nov 25 18:28:27 UTC 2015
UpsideGreat "walk" as you don't have to go more than 100m to the main view. Or, you can do a bit of mountaineering and get to an even better view. Absolutely stunning... you can even see mountains in Washington State from here! DownsideReally... none! CommentGreat trail - i would love to do this again (and will!)
Posted By: Savel
- Sat Apr 21 22:12:25 UTC 2012
CommentThis is near Duncan not Nanaimo.