Friday, 3 July 2015

Hiking Linton`s Trail to the top of Mt Washington Alpine Ski Resort

by Keith and Heather Nicol      
      To celebrate July 1 we decided to head up to Mt. Washington and hike to the top of the mountain with our daughter Kristie who was visiting from Vancouver. We had taken the chairlift ride early in June and were blown away by the view (see post: . Since Kristie likes to hike we decided to take the Linton’s trail to the top of the mountain. This trail starts right from the base and is flagged with red markers so the trail is easy to follow. It is just over 2 km long which makes it accessible for many hikers but be aware this trail does climb to the top of the Eagle Chair (vertical rise of 1650 feet) so bring water and hike it in the morning before it gets too hot. Courtenay is in the midst of a heat wave at the present time but we had a nice breeze and the trail winds through the trees in places which is appreciated in terms of keeping cool. Allow about an hour to hike the trail. 

Kristie taking some pictures from the lookout platform

     There is a great lookout platform near the top and once we reached the summit we took the Top of the World trail to get spectacular views in all directions. There are other trails that reach to summit and we plan to check those out in cooler conditions. A great bonus is that once you reach the top you can ride the lift down (last ride is at 5:00 pm) which is a fine way to end a hike. For more information on summer activities at Mt Washington see:

Kristie looking toward Quadra Island and Campbell River

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