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Individual Trail

North Island / Campbell River

22 min driving from Gold River

Located 23km east of Gold River at the headwaters of Elk River, Ramblers Peak is Vancouver Islands 5th highest peak. Scaling this peak has proven difficult for many, so hikers are advised to bring along mountaineering axes, crampons, helmet, and rope. Gold River Hwy/BC-28 will provide the best access up Elk River trail which features many designated camping sites and can be used to reach the various routes on the mountain. Among one of the routes through the mountain is the Spiral Staircase. This 18-hour route will bring you through forest trails, lakes, creek beds, rocky summits and breath-taking views of Golden Hinde and Elkhorn. The early season features easy snow climbs, while later in the season as the snow melts loose rocks can become more challenging.

Begin your hike at the Elk River trail. Around the three-hour mark, you will reach a bridge crossing over the Elk River. Cross the bridge and keep along the Elk River. This will bring you to flagging and a trail on the left 100 meters ahead. The trail may become difficult to follow at this point. If you reach the sign for Landslide Lake, you have gone too far. Following this trail will bring you through avalanche debris across a creek bed. (You will be able to find a flat area for camping by following the creek bed until you are unable to walk on the creek any longer, then turning in towards the forest.) Heading up towards the valley to the left of the creek. This will bring you through heavily forested areas. Once cleared it will be easy travel to the head of the pass, then continuing the ascent up to Rambler's South shoulder. Once you have reached the top you will be able to see the east gulley to your left. Head over that way and be careful of loose rocks while crossing the steep slopes. While you journey across another small gulley and push up towards Rambler's summit, you will catch glimpses of the amazing views below. If there is snow present, climb your way to the top of Rambler's Peak. If not, be careful of loose rock. There will be a small rock wall to climb and then you have reached the top! Take in the amazing views.

  • 22 min from Gold River
  • Linear
  • 16.70 km (one-way)
  • 18.0 hours solo one-way
  • 18.0 hours solo | 46.8 hours group round-trip
  • 2,182 meters elevation (one-way)
  • Very Hard difficulty
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Kaitlin Clemente
Duration Class:Multi-Day
Seasons:Spring, Summer
Difficulty Description:Difficult/Long. Experienced hikers with equipment.
Dogs:Not recommended
Children:Not recommended
Cell Service:Unknown
First Listed:2018-Apr-29
Last Updated:2018-Apr-29
GPS Notes
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Duration One-Way (solo):1080 min
Duration Round-Trip (solo):1080 min
Trailhead GPS:49.839380000,-125.873490000
Trailend GPS:49.733470000,-125.829850000
Distance:16.70 km (one-way)
Elevation at Start:318 meters
Elevation at End:2,061 meters
Elevation Minimum:318 meters
Elevation Maximum:2,077 meters
Elevation Gain:2,182 meters (one-way)
Elevation Loss:-425 meters (one-way)
Slope Up:14.90% (one-way)
Slope Down:7.20% (one-way)
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