Ascent of Hkusam Mountain on 2014-07-28

Climber: Jan Triska

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 28, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hkusam Mountain
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:1645 m / 5397 ft

Ascent Trip Report

H'kusam is a seriously physically tough and gruelling day, if you do ascend it via Bill's Trail and the subsequent scramble. The trip up features almost 1600 m of elevation gain, broken down into three or four distinct sections: a long and steep trail up through trees, then a less steep hike along a sub-alpine ridge and basin, up to a high pass ( between H'kusam and Springer Peak), then a descent down an adjacent valley and finally the scramble up through a basin filled with alpine vegetation and eventually some scree and rock. It was an incredibly scenic hike once I got above treelike but a considerabl amount of sweat had to flow before the tree was a typical Coast Mountain hike in that sense.
Summit views are outstanding and well worth the journey. Lots of mountains and sea channels to the east, towards BC mainland, and the interior or Vancouver Island to the west ( could clearly see Victoria Peak).
I recommend bringing more water than you think - aside from an alpine lake say up and some small waterfalls in the summit basin, there isn't much water available in the late summer. Before July, there would, of course, be a serious snow pack up there.
Remote, hard but very beautiful.
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Views from the summit ridge.(Taken July 28th, 2014) (2014-07-28). Photo by Jan Triska.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2079 m / 6824 ft
    Extra Gain:249 m / 820 ft
    Distance:20 km / 12.4 mi
    Route:Bill's Trail and scramble
    Trailhead:Sayward road  64 m / 213 ft
    Grade/Class:Moderate scramble
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Hot summer day
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 

Other Photos

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The expansive, awe-inspiring summit views towards BC mainland (2014-07-28). Photo by Jan Triska.
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