Trails - Campbell River - Rogers Ridge
Map: to Rogers Ridge
Length: 8 km return
Distance/Time: 4 hours return
Condition: Trail is good deteriorating into a route
Elevation Gain: Summit Mt Beadnell 5,761 ft or 1,756 metres
The Rogers Ridge hike makes for an excellent day hike in the Campbell River area and an even better over night if you are willing to carry an overnight pack. This route can even be done in the winter on ski’s or snowshoes and would be a very interesting climb in the winter if road access was assured.
The Rogers Ridge hike follows a non technical route that does not require a great deal of expertise. Either way it is a relatively easy course, well marked with flags and directional signage high in the trees for the most part, with amazing and beautiful vistas in every direction for the duration of the hike.
What you will see on Rogers Ridge
The approach to the trailhead is via the Quinsam Main logging road. It is reported that the parking lot at the trailhead is at 1,200 meters, I question that one, as we climbed more than 500 metres to the summit from there. When you have gained the ridge, you ascend to the summit of Mt Beadnell at 1,756 metres or 5,761 feet. As soon as you mount the Ridge the views are nothing short of spectacular. On a clear day, on the east side you will see as far as Mt Waddington in the Coast Range and to the west you have a full spectrum view of Strathcona Provincial Park, right to the Pacific Ocean. Quite the contrast between logging and no logging.
Views of Mt Adrian, Mt Alexandra, Mt Albert Edward, Brook Mountain and Mount Wshington on the east side and Mt McBride, Wolf Mountain, Rambler Peak, Mt Colonel Foster, Kings Peak, Elkhorn Mountain, Victoria Peak, Warden Peak and my favourite the Marble Meadows Ridge and on and on otoward the west.
There are not many red flags on this trip, the way up is graced with sub-alpine lakes and meadows as well as wildflowers even before you gain the sub-alpine. For such an easy and quickly accessed trail this route will become very popular.
Directions to the Trailhead to Rogers Ridge
From Campbell River Travel northwest toward Gold River on Highway 28, travel approximately 17 kms then turn left or west on Argonaut Road also known as the Argonaut Main, keep on the mainline past the Quinsam Coal operations to Upper Quinsam Lake, keep going another 16 kms . You will see the junction of Hawkins Creek Rd and the Granite Mainline, turn right on the Granite Main and travel for approximately 5 km, where you will come to another junction, this is an unnamed road and you should be turning right at this intersection.
They are building more roads into this area, so it is difficult to pin-point the exact road to take as they are changing, however; if you keep to this unknown road you will come to another junction at the end of the valley, where the road splits into two but does not seem to go anywhere from there. You will find the trailhead directly off a small turn around at the furthest reaches of this unknown road (N49 48.095 W125 33.343)
There is active logging going on in this area so please be respectful and park your vehicle well out of the way of the operations.
When the apline please take care as the eco system is sensitive. Take out anything you bring in and be respectful of the terrain. And most of all have fun.