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Trip 268 - September 9, 2022 (Friday)

Ore Mountain Hike

Near Stewart BC

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Ore Mountain Trailhead Location: Western British Columbia, off BC Highway 37A, by Clements Lake Recreation Site, approximately 13.5 kilometers East of the town of Stewart.

Liked: Pond view, mountain views, shade in the forest, no bugs.

Of Note: A semi-dangerous trail to the pond, then a very steep and dangerous climb to the sub-alpine, then a fairly easy alpine area. A small creek crossing on slippery logs is required. Hiking poles and boots are essential. A part of the trail is overgrown with stinging/scratching plants - long pants and a long-sleeve shirt are essential.

Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Coordinates: Page 61 (Stewart) A5.

 

The town of Stewart is a small settlement in the West of British Columbia, very far from any major town. A long and mostly featureless Highway 37 goes North-South from near the Yukon border to Highway 16 by Kitwanga, located between Terrace to the West and Smithers to the East. Mezadin Junction, found 150 km North of Kitwanga, is where a very picturesque Highway 37A starts off Highway 37, goes past several glaciers (including Bear Glacier) and reaches Stewart in about 60 kilometers.

Ore Mountain Trail is about 13.5 kilometers East of Stewart. It starts near Clements Lake Recreation Site, reaches a fine pond 4.25 km later, and then a very steep trail leads to an impressive sub-alpine area with quite extensive hiking opportunities.

*All trail distances are based on a GPS odometer and are approximate.


36-37. On the positive side, the first good mountain view appears on the right side. Plain and zoomed.

38. At 4.25 km, we are through the dangerous part of the trail, and are approaching the pond.

39. Here it is. A fine pond indeed. The trail ribbon in our Backroad Mapbook software-equipped GPS ended here as well. Coordinates: N 5602.707 W 12952.453. Elevation: 1,025 meters.

40. This would be a good final destination for those hikers unwilling or unable to tackle an extremely steep and very slippery terrain en route to sub-alpine.

41. Several brooks flow into the pond.

42. It's a very pleasant, serene location.

Here is our video of the views from this location.

43. If you are a properly equipped and experienced hiker, the terrain just to the left of where the trail to the pond ends is going to be a very good challenge. It's not only steep, but covered in very slippery vegetation, so it's going to be a struggle to get up there.

44. We actually went in the middle of that climb, as the path was nowhere to be found, but it would be a bit easier to keep closer to the trees on the left side, seen in the photo below.

45-47. Looking back at the pond and the mountain in the background.

46. The very tough climb is about 300 meters long, and then it gets better.

47. Right by the trees there is a path of sorts closer to the top, but it is obvious that this trail does not see many hikers.

48. Finally, we are through the vegetation, and the sub-alpine is on the horizon.

49. It is still steep here, but nothing compared to the brutal climb after the pond.

50. Looking back at where we came from. 720 meters from the pond.

51. The sub-alpine here is quite vast, so we decided to turn left and keep going.

52. Pleasant colours all around.

53. Looking left at 1.35 km from the pond.

54-55. A 1.85 km, here is this very fine mountain. Plain and slightly zoomed.

Here is our video of the views from approximately this location.

55-56. We then went just a bit forward, and found this beauty lurking on the right side.

57. We headed towards that glacier as fast as we could, especially with the daylight running out.

58. Alas, clouds showed up before we could arrive to get the full view of that glacier, seen here on the right side. This is where we ended our hike, about 2.36 km from the pond. Coordinates: N 5602.879 W 12950.695. Elevation: 1,520 meters.

59. A bit more to the right.

60. And here are two panoramas of this place.

Here is our video of the views from this location.

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We then headed back, and ended up walking in complete darkness at the end of the hike, helped only by a flashlight in our GPS. It is obvious that there is (much) more to be seen here, so leave early and enjoy! Highly recommended.


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