Mount Crickmer is the highest point in the Mission district. Its the mountain located between Stave Lake and Allouette Lake due north of the Stave Dam. Maps, directions and trail conditions can be inquired at the Mission Public Works Office. You can also sign out a key for the forestry gate at FSR (Burma Road) and Kearsley Creek FSR. But be aware a lot of the time the gate is unlocked and has no lock. So save yourself the $5 weekly fee and the $60 deposit and check before you go.
Depending how far you drive up the Kearsley Creek Road, you can cut 8-10km off the boring logging road section plus over 400M elevation gain. Once you cross an old rock slide you come to the old log bridge over Kearsley Creek, which is fantastic! After crossing that you continue up the deactivated logging road. It is very old and sometimes it doesnt even look like a road and depending on whether the brush has been trimmed back the trail can be almost a bushwack. Continue up the road for a little over 2.5 km and then take the trail to the peak when you get to the stone arrows in the middle of the road. If you continue down the logging road you will eventually stumble upon a winter snowmobile cabin and the old gold mine (its said you can still find gold in some of the old mining dumps). Up the trail for a little more than 1.5km and you will reach the top. The trail gets better as you reach subapline levels and there is a gorgeous little lake about 100m below the summit.
The summit is large and rocky and fun to explore at 1360 M. The views are excellent in every direction on a clear day. Views of Robie Reid to the North, Edge and Blanchard peaks, Golden Ears to the West, Baker to the south and Mt Clarke to North East. Unfortunately the Judge Holway is completely blocked by the Robie Reid. I rated this hike as difficult due to the condition of the road and trail and the possibility of having to hike from further up the road. My AWD SUV did well but got some scratches from branches. A very very enjoyable day hike!
Take Dewdney Trunk Rd. from Maple Ridge east to the Stave Dam. Before you go over the dam take your last left (north). This is Burma Road or Florence Lake Forestry Road and is gravel all the way. Go 6.9KM up this road and turn left at the gate to the Kearsley Creek Forestry Road. Follow this as it switch backs up the road, use a map or you can get lost as it there are a few off shoots. Once you get to the yellow circle signs with the black arrows follow those signs. The trail is marked with orange and pink tags.
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Posted By: LucasL
- Tue Jun 18 15:25:34 UTC 2019
Upside360 views, Alouette lake and Golden ears to the west, Robbie Reid to the North, Stave lake to the west. A bit of everything on this trail. DownsideVery bushy and overgrown at times but keep looking for the flags should be no problems. CommentI did the logging road up to the trailhead since the gate was closed, you can just step in the ministry of forestry office and ask for the key. Apparently its easy. Donât know why i didnât do that. I like a bit of extra challaenge I guess.
Posted By: theoneandonlychevy
- Wed Jun 11 02:49:11 UTC 2014
Upsidenot crowded at all. Easy access to trailhead (we parked at the very bottom, near Devil's lake and ascended the road on foot)
Tons of wildlife activity, saw many tracks and scat. It gets pretty fun up top more toward the subalpine area (ropes, a cute lake, etc)
Extraordinary views on a cloudless day :) DownsideOver half of the 18km long hike is done on an old road so its a little monotonous and drones quite a bit (not very exciting at all). Because of this, there is minimal shade and tons of litter/cans (these roads are frequented by ATVs and bikes). Difficult to navigate in the snow so wait well until after the snow melts (did this early june and there was still plenty of snow). Not a "difficult" hike by any means but it definitely drones by the end, if you have 4WD to skip majority of the road hiking, I would encourage this. Comment It is easy to miss the turnoff off the road to Mt crickmer once it arrives as there was only some white marking tape (easy to miss). We missed it and continued bushwacking for nearly 20 mins before we decided to turn around and disovered we missed the turnoff. It is easy to miss but do watch out for an arrow pointing left made out of rocks....I'm assuming this mistake happens a lot if someone decided to make an arrow.
The trail is sparsely marked with orange markers/tape so do make sure to keep your eye on the slightly worn path. This was not tricky at all until we hit the snow, then things got tricky.
On the old logging road there are several turnoffs which can make it hard to determine which road to take. However, someone went through the effort to put up yellow circular signs with black arrows distinctly pointing you to the right direction, trust these signs and its hard to take the wrong step. Happy hiking!