Mt. Kitchener, 1457 meters, provides a great view of the coast mountains across the Johnstone straight, Mt. Victoria and surrounding mountains. The trail is an easy trail with one rock bluff to negotiate, it is well flagged and takes about 1.5 hours to get to the top, you will spend more time in the car then on the trail! But it is worth it. Total distance is about 5 kms. The GPS has the tracks from the highway up to the top so that you can navigate the logging road easier incase things change.
From the parking area you will see some flagging flapping just beyond where you parked up hill from you. Follow this flagging and in a short time you will be in the trees. Keep going on this trail, watching out for flagging. The trail is very well marked and there is nothing really to report about it. In an hour you will come to a rock bluff, take your time and slowly make your way up. As you get to the top you will notice to your right a peak, this is Mt. Kitchener. Head straight ahead and once you get in a bit of a saddle make your way right and head to the top where there is a rock cairn waiting for you. You made it to the top!!
A US navy Neptune bomber crashed in the 1950s?? The wreckage is still visible on the north slopes of Mt. Kitchener. To find the bomber, from the top of Mt. Kitchener head down along the ridge. Go over the first bump and back up. Now, start looking down on your right. It is hard to see but if I told you exactly where it is then it wouldn’t be as great of an accomplishment. Good luck!
Head towards Sayward. Before you get to Sayward you will see Big Tree Main on the right. Head up this road for the next 6 kms. Avoid all side roads, stick to the main road. After 6 kms you will see a road sign for BT 1720, make a left here and avoid BT 1720. After about 1 km, hang a left at the rock pile. Follow this road for about 2 kms. Beware of the cross ditches in this section, all can be easily crossed by going slow enough. Keep going on this road right to the very end you will see a large area suitable for 6-7 cars to park.
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Posted By: Griffo
- Wed Aug 30 20:21:58 UTC 2017
QuestionHello- the end of Sept. my "old" squadron mate (we flew F-4 Phantoms in the '70s), Mark, and I are going to look for the Navy Neptune P2V that crashed on the North side of Mt. Kitchener. His uncle was one of the crew members (back in 1950). So that was 67 years ago and it's important that he does this visit.
The person who wrote about the recent hike said, "To find the bomber, from the top of Mt. Kitchener head down along the ridge. Go over the first bump and back up. Now, start looking down on the right."
Looking on Google Earth, the ridge appears to run North and South. Can someone tell me if I head North or South? I think it is North but not sure. GPS coordinates would be great as well.
Thank you all in advance for any help you can provide. Feel free to send me an email at email@example.com.
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Posted By: montysolved
- Wed Aug 30 03:02:07 UTC 2017
UpsideNice way to get in a quick summit when you don't have a whole day to devote to a hike. DownsideWe couldn't find the darn plane!! CommentYou definitely need some torque in your vehicle to get up the last bit of the logging road as it is steep in sections, but it is now easily passable all the way to the trailhead as Eheel said. One clarification: at about the 2.5 km mark on Big Tree Main, there is a Y in the road with a sign indicating that it is Big Tree Main - it was not super clear to us which branch the sign meant! At that spot, stay right. Keenan's directions (below) are great, but are missing the final fork in the road, at which you stay on the right fork for the last ~500 m to the trailhead.
Posted By: eheel
- Sun Aug 20 02:12:24 UTC 2017
CommentThis hike is easier than ever to access (as of Aug 2017)! The active logging in the area means all the roads are fixed up and it's smooth sailing right to the trailhead. Listen to the directions posted below, but I'd definitely recommend bringing a backroads mapbook and ideally have the backroads map loaded into a GPS/phone/tablet so you can see where you are on the map. Makes getting to the trailhead a breeze. It's a beautiful hike, only about half an hour to the top where you can explore the three different peaks and the saddles between them.
Posted By: Keenan
- Mon May 16 03:04:33 UTC 2016
UpsideQuick hike, Fantastic Views DownsideLittle hard to find CommentHiked on May 14 2016. Still a little bit of snow to traverse on the way up but nothing major. There has been recent logging so finding the trail head is a little bit more tricky. Follow the directions on the page however, after you avoid BT1720 you now drive 1.5 KM and take the left there. It is the second left after BT1720, the first is a very over grown road. There are also no longer cross ditches due to the active logging.
Follow this road for as long as you can and you will get to a portion that unless you have lots of ground clearance you will not get past. We hiked from here up the logging road for maybe 500m. If you keep an eye on the left side of the road you will see some flags in the trees. Some are just falling markers however you can see a couple a little bit further in. We just started hiking through the bush towards the obvious ridge line and eventually linked up with the trail markers. It is not a well worn trail however there is lots of flagging to keep you on track
Posted By: rvrgrl
- Wed Sep 11 17:22:34 UTC 2013
UpsideVery well marked trail, awesome views. DownsideThe logging road up has cross ditches that are waiting to take out your muffler, Some are okay to slowly cross, but one in particular is a no go, unless you have a jacked up 4x4. CommentWe parked at the 5.5km point (didn't want to risk the muffler)the hike up to the trailhead was an easy walk with lovely views. The road at junctions is flagged. We loved this hike and its worth the effort to make it to the top.