Pleasant, broad, rocky summit with good views all around. Infrequently summitted. No trail only a route description.
Head up Spruston Road (access only from South heading on the highway). Continue past Y junction about 4 kilometres up and keep left. Continue another 3 kilometres until you enter McKay Lake Forestry Road (at this point there are also signs for the Trans-Canada trail as it passes here). Enter main road and past open area continue along main road keeping left at the next Y junction. Always keep on the main road at this point. Continue just past 7 kilometre call sign or until you make a slight ascent on a curve to where the gated entrance to Private Forestry Land is located. Park here or continue along main road if the gate is open for about 4 kiometres. Pass power lines and keep on the main road. You are entering a broad valley between two peaks, Mt. McKay on your left and Buffalo Hump (probably not veiwable, on your right).
A disused logging road breaks right (elevation approximately , ascending the cut block (logged in 2011) at the base of Buffalo Hump. Continue up this disused road until the going gets bushy and the road is ditched. Turn perpendicular to the road and ascend through average 2nd growth forest.
Bushy for first 200 metres of elevation, but gradually breaks open at about 800-850 metres with the last 100 metres being pleasant. Broad rocky summit with nice views and nice area for lunch and a stop and admire the fact that quaders will never reach this destination.
Best route down is way described up, but if you are a glutton for punishment you could head straight off the mountain and down into the valley to eventually hit the return logging road.
NOTE: This is private forested land belonging to Island Timberlands and the gate may close at any time. If you are up there before 0800 and want to remain after 1600, better to park below the gate and walk. ATVs are not allowed on this land, though you will undoubtedly see quite a few - your call.
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Posted By: Freaksubwoofer
- Sat Dec 31 15:20:04 UTC 2016
UpsideBeautiful view of the valleys below as the fog and cloud wisp around. Good Work out on the legs :P DownsideNo clear trail. At least none that I found. Very steep bushwacking with many places of unsure footing through fallen and decomposing trees. CommentLots of fun if you are looking for an adventure and a bit of challenge!!