This trail is different from the "Slesse Memorial Trail". Just a few days after Steven climbed Slesse via the standard route, Itai (my friend from Israel) and I went up to climb it via the classic NE buttress. Gerry 604 961 9123 [email protected], Posted: February 12, 2019 02:02:20 PM PST. ( Log Out /  Here was Slesse Mountain with it's huge Northest Buttress snaking it's way down from the summit. We decided to hike to Propellor Cairn, but if you prefer a shorter hike, you can make  the memorial plaque that is perched in front of Mount Slesse your destination.  It took us approximately 1-1/2 hours to reach this spot, hiking at a fairly quick pace with little stops.  At this spot you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Mount Slesse. Approximate Round Trip Time:  6 hours. Change ). be sent by Email through the Contact Us From the 8km mark on the Slesse FSR, continue on a footpath following an old logging road, south for 3 km. Any info would be much appreciated:)! Dogs are also able to use this trail. We would recommend hiking this trail with a group of 4 or more as it is very remote and we never saw anyone else on the trail.  We never encountered any animals, but to be safe, make noise and travel with a group. For many Chilliwack residents the peak of Mt. There is a marker for the trail which is tagged with ribbon.  It is located just before the parking area on the right hand side of the road. Fixing the flat as we look for the Slesse Mtn trail head. This is the (partially hikeable) climbers trail located on the West side of the mountain. Part of the logging road is rough but doable by 2WD to about 1/2Km off the trailhead of Slesse which is located about 5.5Km from the beginning of the logging road. Slesse Mountain, usually referred to as Mount Slesse is a mountain just north of the US - Canada border, in the Cascade Mountains of British Columbia, near nort. Five months later, the wreckage was found on the Third Peak of Mount Slesse, only 75 feet from its summit, at an altitude of 7,700 feet. To get to the trailhead, you do require a vehicle with high clearance. William’s Ridge was a tricky hike to find just on the basis of some hiking descriptions. So if you go, have a back up hike plan if the road continues to be closed. Posted: September 14, 2020 01:48:08 PM PST. Slesse and the valley below. Recommended hike! No surprise here, but with the remoteness of the trail, be aware that there are no bathrooms at the trail head, nor cell service. Views from the top were amazing. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The terrain itself made it difficult. Most cars only made it in 3km and its another 3km in to the start of the hike. Home Geography of North America Geography of the Pacific Northwest Geography of British Columbia Alarms were ringing around 4am and we were up and going by 5am by head lamps. Road for access (Nekawatch FSR) is closed for active logging. I only made it to the plaque but the views were very beautiful and well worth the trek. gear, and other outdoor related updates. First washout is crossable with a 4wd. Is a 4x4 really necessary, or is a high clearance SUV good enough? Slesse Mountain Routes : SummitPost.org : Climbing, hiking, mountaineering Hiking info, trail maps, and 6 trip reports from Slesse Mountain (2,439 m) in the Cascades of British Columbia Hiking in Chilliwack, British Columbia. First, a big thank you to the city of Chilliwack for the great signage job, for this and other mountains, sometimes getting to the trail head can be quite confusing. Now you will gain ~1100m in less … I will be trying again eventually but with with sandbags to place in the divots to reduce bottoming out, or with a higher vehicle. Did this Hike on Thanksgiving weekend. We reserve the right to remove photos or comments we deem unacceptable in our sole discretion. Thanks! We gave up before we saw any nice vistas. He was able to see this mountain outside his window as a young boy and decided that one day he would climb it. Slesse Memorial Trail leads to a memorial to those who perished in 1956 in the crash of the Trans-Canada flight 810 between Vancouver and Calgary, when the aircraft smashed into Slesse Mountain. The route is out in the open following an old road, and takes you not only to the plaque but also to a breath-taking vista of Mt. For our full website terms and conditions including our legal guidelines for user postings and comments on www.vancouvertrails.com, please see our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It was a long, uneventful descent, followed by a flat walk back to the Slesse Mountain Trail trailhead. At the moment Chris and I have flexible schedules and decided to take a trip to the West Coast and spend some time in the Chilliwack area where Chris grew up. I Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out /  1. Slesse and its neighbours. An AWD SUV would do just fine, but a car would definitely NOT make it. Trail Link: Vancouver Trails Website . The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Slesse Mountain, usually referred to as Mount Slesse, is a mountain just north of the US-Canada border, in the Cascade Mountains of British Columbia, near the town of Chilliwack.It is notable for its large, steep local relief. The trail passes through second growth forest cedar trees which are massive, some 3-1/2 feet in diameter. Comments that gratuitously attack or demean individuals or organizations are not acceptable. The trail is in great shape, the bridge is wonderful ,nice work trail keepers It was a beautiful sunny day, a nice breeze blowing, was a great day to hike up the mountain As I got to the Memorial Plaque with the Mountain looming over it .So happy to get here but sad for what had happened here About another 1.5 km to the memorial with the propeller and parts from the wreckage A very nice day, leave early if you like taking pictures there’s so much to see and enjoy, Anybody, I'm a novice hiker who would like to go to the propeller cairn, but I'll need a guide for sure. However, with the right vehicle, hikers can drive to the end of the forest service road, making for a much-shorter, more scenic hike. Very muddy in the beginning but not too bad once you pass the stairs. We were able to get a few hikes in between wonderful moments spent reminiscing with some of Chris’s lifelong friends while creating beautiful new memories. * Soon after the boundary is a flagged/cut trail leading off to the right. Share your experience with us: Share up to 3 photos from your hiking experience: Photos must be smaller than 8MB and must not be of an offensive nature more contain illegal acts. It was muddy, bushy and full of bugs. * Trail continues past the plaque on the old road - very clear. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Slesse Mountain - 8002' - NE Buttress Class 5.8 August 2019. However, there was a fair amount of snow at the top which made it somewhat challenging. Slesse Memorial Trail with a handful of people to assess some of the work that needs to be done to make it one of Chilliwack’s flagship trails. The service road to the trailhead is full of divots and ditches throughout the road, making cars bottom out constantly. West side climbs are traditionally accessed via the Slesse Creek FSR, 21kms from the roundabout, however this road is gated and closed to cars. For example, its west face drops over 1,950 m (6,398 ft) to Slesse Creek in less than 3 km (2 mi). Thanks for reading our blog and for your comments! Trail must be overgrown because most people see the washout and can't see the trail continuing, and leave. The trail itself, it is not for the faint hearted. If you've reached the sign for rexford (no mention of slesse) you've gone too far. A lot of the overgrowth had been cut back and the bridge is safe to cross. Slesse means "fang" in the native Salish tongue, which aptly describes it's spire profile from many directions. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. Mt. We reserve the right to remove comments or any other content we deem unacceptable in our sole discretion, including removing user names and profile pictures. Posted: September 5, 2020 07:40:42 PM PST. Things to know: The trail to Mount Slesse is located south of Chilliwack Lake Road along a very rugged Forest Service Road that requires a 4×4 with high clearance. After driving a small loop on the road, we made the decision to attempt Ford Mountain instead and hope for the best. Also the bridge shown in the photos above is washed out. Chris is an accomplished international climber. Slesse Memorial Trail The other day I had the privilege to hike the amazing Mt. form. The Mount Slesse Memorial Trail is one of the nicest hikes I have done in the lower mainland of British Columbia. The road has several washouts and large rocks and is not suitable for small cars.  (Exerpt compliments of Vancouver Trails Website)  I have a small SUV and it would not have made it up this road.  Our friend Josh has a 4 x 4 that made it up the Forest Service Road with little problems.  It’s not often that Chris, Ripley and I go 4 x 4’ing so I’d have to say that our adventure began when we turned onto this road! At the first fork, turn left (follow signs for slesse and rexford). Planning on going for a drive in my Mini and then doing the hike but want to make sure we can make it. The drive up, you will need a truck/suv with high clearance. The first business was to cross the Nesakwatch Creek and the cold water ensured that we would not be sleepy for the rest of the approach. We continued up the trail passing the Crossover trail junction on our right. Awesome hike with incredible views! Good Hike overall. 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