We started our hike from the winter gate on McLean Creek road. Although the road was officially closed for the season, a convoy of dump trucks rolled past us as we walked southward. After walking along the road for about 2.5 kilometres, we turned east onto an exploration road which is part of an obvious cut line also known as Priddis Creek trail. The exploration road was very icy on this day, and we had to take extra care to avoid any painful slips. About two-thirds of the way up, we left the road and made a beeline for the summit thinking that it would be an easy off-trail hike. Unfortunately, we ran into some rather unpleasant bushwhacking which had me wondering why we left the road in the first place. Thankfully, the bushwhacking was short-lived, and we eventually regained the road not far from the panoramic summit.
For our descent, we dropped down the
northwest side of McLean Hill on a good trail, but we ultimately
abandoned it to hike over a somewhat annoying intervening ridge.
The bush was not as bad here, and once we crested the ridge, we easily
hiked down the other side to McLean Creek road. We subsequently
made a short detour to check out frozen McLean Pond before returning to
our starting point at the winter gate. Several dump trucks pause on the
road beside McLean Pond. The exploration road is actually
part of a long cut line. Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak Sonny, Zosia, Kevin and Marta arrive on the summit of
McLean Hill (1721 metres).
The group walks past the winter gate
on McLean Creek Road.
The group leaves McLean Creek Road and
turns up this rougher exploration road.
The road drops down a bit
here before resuming its climb up McLean Hill.
After leaving the
exploration road, Sonny relives some of the nasty bushwhacking he
previously endured at
Marta and Kevin fight their way up the
The familiar forms of
Glasgow are visible to the southwest.
The most prominent peak to the
northwest is Moose Mountain.
The group leaves the
summit of McLean Hill.
Marta and Kevin test the
ice on frozen McLean Pond.
Distance: 8.6 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Net Elevation Gain: 288 metres
Several dump trucks pause on the road beside McLean Pond.
The exploration road is actually part of a long cut line.
Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak
Sonny, Zosia, Kevin and Marta arrive on the summit of McLean Hill (1721 metres).