Vista Pass Hike
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Vista Pass Hike Description
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Hike distance 9.4 km round trip Altitude gain 682 m
Hiking time 4.5-5.0 hrs round trip Max altitude 2170m
Govt of Canada topo map 82 L/1 Difficulty Difficult
Now that the road has been extended in 2019, it cuts off about 3.7km of hiking on a return trip, compared to the old trailhead. This makes it much quicker to get onto the Pass and possibly allow for exploratory time around the summit.
From the end of the road drop down 200-300m until you find the trail along the creek. Turn left, or East, and follow the trail along the creek for about 2km, after which you enter the sub-alpine meadows. You are now in a col with a ridge on either side. The ridge to the left, or NE side, is an open alpine meadow and easily climbed to the ridge. The ridge provides an opportunity to wander around for about a kilometre and take in the breathtaking views of the Pinnacles to the North. Return through the meadow to the trail below, or explore some more.
Note: use this hike description at your own risk
Driving Directions to the Vista Pass Trailhead (Monashee Mountains)
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Note: Use these directions at your own risk.
The South Fork FSR is a radio-controlled logging road during weekdays. The gravel road is passable for high clearance SUV’s or 4x4 vehicles. Note: timber harvesting is planned in 2020 or 2021 around the trailhead, which will require a new trailhead to be established once harvesting is completed.
Last updated July 2020