Elkhorn Mountain

Elkhorn Mountain

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Elkhorn Mountain

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Elkhorn Mountain is a mountain located in the Elk River Mountains of the Vancouver Island Ranges of British Columbia. At , it is the second highest peak on Vancouver Island, second only to the nearby Golden Hinde which lies to the south. The mountain is located in the 2,500 kmĀ² Strathcona Provincial Park, northeast of Gold River.


Elkhorn is one of the most accessible of the tall mountains on the Island as it is only a one hour drive from Campbell River to the head of the Elk River trail. It is only a half hour walk along the Elk River Trail (AKA: ERT) to a small campsite where one crosses the Elk River and starts a steep ascent up into the alpine.Above treeline, one can see a breathtaking view of the objective, a steep and dominant hornlike peak that presents parties with a variety of routes. The most popular ascent route is the North West Ridge, although not the easiest (the West Face is) it has the aesthetics of a classic which is only fitting as it is the original, first ascent route.Elkhorn can also be accessed further up the ERT from the upper gravel flats which is home to the main campsite along the ERT. The route that leaves the at the upper gravel flats is not in near as good shape, although if late in the year a dry stream bed can be followed for a large portion of the approach.


The peak was first ascended in 1912 by A.O Wheeler, Edward Wheeler, Albert MacCarthy, D.A. Gillies, A.R. Hart, J.R. Robertson, H.O. Frind, L.C. Wilson...
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