Mt. Whymper is the tallest peak in Canada south of the 49th parallel at 1,500m (5,000ft). Involves climbing over clear-cut debris, hiking up a steep trail through a forest and very steep rock scrambling near the end.
Follow the Chemanius Main until you reach logging road C-27 or C-29 (MacMillan-Bloedel Haul road near Chemanius). You should be able to drive up the road with a good 4x4 until you reach the trailhead.
Note: No access from the Cowichan side as all those roads are gated.
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Posted By: Stasher
- Sun Oct 05 15:31:06 UTC 2014
UpsideBeautiful drive in to a remote area of the South Island region. DownsideC29 and C27 heavily overgrown at lower section , paint took a beating on the car. The trail in the slash and forest was impossible to find so I bushwhacked to the rock bluffs and ridge and found my own route to the alpine section. I couldn't find a summit register CommentThe alpine section had Cairns marking the route and was easy to find. Very beautiful plants, rock, trees and small tarns made for a nice hike in this summit zone. It was low cloud so I couldn't tell you what the view was like, I will be back. You can only access this region through the gate house just off the highway and that day it closed at 4pm, pay attention to your time. It was 35km to the left at the old foresty machinery that you need to take. C27 at the time was marked with blue flag tape at 42km and I continued to C29 at 44.5km. You will need 4wd no exceptions to get up these spur roads, steep loose rock with drainage ditches to cross.