Mount Warburton Pike – Kamloops Trails

by Doug Smith

Mount Warburton Pike – Kamloops Trails

Doug Smith  August 6, 2022 at 8:52 am

We spent a few days on Saturna Island and we hiked trails and headlands in spring weather.    The longest trail we hiked was the Mount Warburton Pike Trail.  We drove to the parking lot and hiked along the top of the ridge.    Except for the a peak on Salt Spring, it is the highest point on the Gulf Islands and is now part of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

The trail is a single track along Brown Ridge, the top of steep open slopes facing south.   The Pender Islands were only 2.5 km away across Plumper Sound.    

In spring deciduous trees had not yet leafed out.   We enjoyed exploring rocky bluffs sculpted by prevailing winds. 

At the end of the ridge, we had views across Boundary Pass and the San Juan Islands.  

There are options to hike down to Taylor Point or loop back on the north slopes, but it was much more appealing to do an out-and-back 8 km route on Brown Ridge

A Google Earth Fly-Over of Brown Ridge on Mount Warburton Pike:

 

Mount Warburton Pike is one of the best hikes on the Gulf Islands, another good reason to visit Saturna Island.

 

 

 

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Doug Smith

Doug writes for Kamloops Trails, a not-for-profit (and ad free) website, offering information on trails, waterways, routes, featured spots, viewpoints, and explorations in the outdoors in the Kamloops area (and beyond).

Doug started exploring this area in 1976 and continues to follow tracks and routes wherever they lead, with the aid of map, compass, GPSr and camera. After many dead-ends, but also many discoveries, he chose to share this information.

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