Fred Laing Ridge Trail

Rating: 5 stars.

Use: Hiking.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Distance: 7.4 km return to the summit.

Description: A highly recommended hike. The drive to Mica is spectacular in itself. Although the Mica FSR is starting to deteriorate, the road is still drivable with a 4WD. About 1.5 km into the hike you will come to a tarn. A beautiful spot to camp. It is recommended that you follow the trail all the way to the summit. The views are fantastic. The trail does get faint in a few spots after the tarn. If in doubt, it is better to veer north back towards the ridge as opposed to south onto the open face. Doing so you will pick up the trail again. 

Directions: Drive north on Hwy 23. At the CMH Monashee lodge take a right. Follow this to the Hydro microwave site. There is a couple of forks on the FSR. Stay left at both.

Trailhead GPS:

  1. Mica FSR: N52 01.293 W118 34.645
  2. Fred Laing Trailhead: N52 03.182 W118 32.964
  3. Fred Laing Tarn: N52 03.108 W118 31.837

Useful Maps:

MOF Fred Laing Ridge Trail Description PDF

MOF Fred Laing Ridge Trail Map PDF

Fred Laing Ridge Trail Overview Map PDF

Fred Laing Ridge Trail Detail Map PDF

Fred Laing Ridge Trail KML file on Dropbox

Looking down the Fred Laing Ridge from the summit. Note the small tarn where the ridge begins. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Looking down the Fred Laing Ridge from near the summit. Note the small tarn where the ridge begins. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Descending below the Tarn on the Fred Laing Ridge trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Descending below the tarn on the Fred Laing Ridge trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Wiped. At the Microwave tower parking lot after a long day on Fred Laing ridge.
Wiped. At the Microwave tower parking lot after a long day on the Fred Laing ridge. Ben Wilkey Collection.
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Fred Laing Ridge. Jamiee Remond Collection.
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Fred Laing Ridge. Jamiee Remond Collection.
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Fred Laing Ridge. Jamie Remond Collection.

7 thoughts on “Fred Laing Ridge Trail

  1. Wow what an amazing hike, the view of the convergence of the Monashees , Selkirks and Rockies is truly breathtaking. The rd up was in great shape drove at 50 mph in my Subi to trail head. the trail got hard to follow above the tarn just gain the ridge to to upper right of the tarn and follow the ridge to the summit. be careful to not trample to much vegetation on the lee side of the ridge. last pitch up go just lookers left of ridge to the top. Great place just below summit to bivi with a nice fire pit and rock lazy boys. Thanks to whoever built them, nice work.

    1. Thanks again Scott. I am stoked you made it up there. Amazing spot. A bit of a drive but well worth it. The ‘lazy boys’ are quite something! If you have any pictures I would happy to post them.

  2. Road has been reworked this summer (late June?) all the way up to the fork (left to FL, right to south facing cutblocks) and is in excellent shape!

  3. Did this trial a couple of days ago. Road is easily drivable up to 6km mark. Had to park the car and walk up another 1.5 km or so of logging roads. Trail is still a bit snowbound but easy enough to figure out which way to go and catch up again with the trial. Beautiful hike and would highly recommend it to anyone.

  4. Hiked the trail today. There is a sign for Fred Laing at the beginning of the road and you do have to stay left at forks, even when the main road looks like it goes right. The first left fork has sign on it a few meters down that reads “Branch 4”. Very lonesome. We were able to make it up in a sedan with 5.5 inches of clearance, taking it very slow and carefully. There is a culvert about a kilometer from the radio station in which the overlying road is eroding and the site is taped off, so we just walked the road a bit instead of adding to the destruction by driving on it. A few blowdowns on the trail, but nothing bad. The place is wonderful.

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