Mulvehill Ridge & Blanket Bushwack

Rating: 4 stars.

Use: Hiking.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Distance: 3.7 kilometres from traihead to second summit.

Description: This is one of those areas where we need a trail. The road is in relatively good shape and goes to nearly 5000 feet. A short bushwhack through alpine scrub leads to a very pleasant ridge scramble with spectacular views of the backside of Mount Begbie and Blanket Glacier. The ridge basically consist of three summits. The first is an easy scramble. The second is a bit more tricky with a bit of exposure. The third requires a short rappel and is considerably more tricky. From the third summit it would be difficult to proceed west along the ridge. If this is the goal it would be best to descend to a bench south of the ridge prior to the first and proceed west along this bench.  A trail here would provide a good access point for a traverse from either Mount Macpherson or Mount Begbie. 

Directions: Drive south on Highway 23 to the Blanket Creek bridge. Just before the bridge turn right onto the Blanket FSR. Follow this for 9.7 kilometres until you reach the end of the road and the start of the bushwhack. 

Trailhead GPS:

  1. Blanket FSR: N50 49.955 W118 05.702
  2. Mulvehill Ridge Trailhead: N50 49.464 W118 08.663

Useful Maps:

Mulvehill Ridge & Blanket Bushwhack BaseCamp 1 PDF

Mulvehill Ridge & Blanket Bushwhack BaseCamp 2 PDF

Just leaving the cut block. Mulvehill Ridge. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Just leaving the cut block. Mulvehill Ridge. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Easy bushwhacking on Mulvehill Ridge. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Easy bushwhacking on Mulvehill Ridge. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Within 30 minutes of bushwhacking the first summit is in sight. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Within 30 minutes of bushwhacking the first summit is in sight. Ben Wilkey Collection.
The Mulvehill Ridge. Ben Wilkey Collection.
The Mulvehill Ridge. Between the first and second summit. Ben Wilkey Collection.
On the second summit. Ben Wilkey Collection.
On the second summit. Rock cairn of the first summit visible in the background. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Mulvehill Ridge beyond. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Mulvehill Ridge beyond. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Backside of Mount Begbie from Mulvehill Ridge. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Backside of Mount Begbie from Mulvehill Ridge. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Looking back towards the first and second summits. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Looking back towards the first and second summits from the third summit. Ben Wilkey Collection.

 

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One thought on “Mulvehill Ridge & Blanket Bushwack

  1. I just spent 3 great days in this area. Went to the alpine lake at 1900m south of the main Mulvehill summit. A great hike up that, was charged by a grizzly (very scary!) and then went and played around Castor peak and area. As mentioned it is best to skirt the first peak on the ridge and then stay high along the whole valley. Going in I made the mistake of staying in the trees and ugly bush. If you don’t mind a really long approach this is a great area. It took 5 hours to the lake.

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