Summer hike up Mt. Adder – between Port Alberni and Tofino

LDSCN2023This was fun – hiking with new friends! We had met Ron through Dave’s sister – he is a trainer and runs a gym here in Port Alberni. Ron invited Dave and me, along with his friend Brett, to hike up Mt. Adder – one of the many mountains up near Sutton Pass, halfway between Port Alberni and Tofino.

You never know what you are up for when you do a tough hike with people you don’t know well – but it was great! Ron and Brett are super-fit, and we all had a really enjoyable day together. We went in Ron’s truck- had to turn off a side-road from Sutton Pass to get to the trailhead, and his 4WD was very appreciated. We actually had to drive up quite high to get to the trailhead, so the climb to the peak was not as high as Dave and I had expected (I’ll insert the heights here if I can get them from Ron). All in all, we were out for five hours – from truck to summit and back – going at a pretty good pace. Amazing day!

Ron's gnome came to the trailhead with us, but decided not to make the climb.

Ron’s gnome came to the trailhead with us, but decided not to make the climb.

We weren't sure what the trail would be like - but were surprised to find that it was a beautifully made trail!

We weren’t sure what the route would be like – but were surprised to find that it was a beautifully constructed trail!

The terrain gradually opened up as we climbed.

The terrain gradually opened up as we climbed.

Finally - our destination comes into view! Mt. Adder!

Finally – our destination comes into view! Mt. Adder!

Still lots of climbing to go, but pretty easy going...

Still lots of climbing to go, but pretty easy going…

...except for this stuff, some pretty loose scree. That little blue dot left of centre is Dave.

…except for this stuff, some pretty loose scree. That little blue dot up in the slot is Dave.

Finally on the summit - here are Dave and Ron, and views to the north of Strathcona Provincial Park.

Finally on the summit – here are Dave and Ron, and views to the north of Strathcona Provincial Park.

And here's Brett having his lunch - behind him the views to the west, towards Tofino and the open ocean. You can see Kennedy Lake in the distance.

And here’s Brett having his lunch – behind him the views to the west, towards Tofino and the open ocean. You can see Kennedy Lake in the distance.

And nice views to the south, too. We sure have a lot of mountains on Vancouver Island!

And nice views to the south, too. We sure have a lot of mountains on Vancouver Island!

Here are Dave and me on the summit. Great day - thanks for the invite, Ron!

Here are Dave and me on the summit. Great day – thanks for the invite, Ron!

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  1. #1 by towhee3 on August 29, 2015 - 1:16 pm

    Great reports on our wonderful mountains — and beautiful pictures!

    The view to the south shows 5040 mountain behind Dave’s head and Mt Hall behind and to the right of it, then Triple Peak above Ron’s head and Cat’s Ears above Brett’s

    The trails up 5040 and Triple (at least to the lake) are not quite as elegant as the Adder trail–they are a bit steeper (but probably no worse than the north Klitsa trail), and the scenery is spectacular!

    Love the gnome!

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