Rating: 3 stars.
Distance: 14 km return from the ‘Mountain Climb’ access to the upper gully, 8 km return from the ‘Powerline’ access to the upper gully. From the upper gully to the summit would be a further 6 km return.
Description: The start of this newly brushed trail is what the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club used to call ‘Mountain Climb’. It was an old logging road which over the years had become an overgrown alder-fest. Not any longer. A number of years ago Revelstoke local Travis Hunt began clearing the old road. He then put his efforts into fixing up the creek crossings. Recently he has actually brushed in a trail that leads to a subalpine talus gully 3 km short of the summit. This proves to be a great trail providing long overdue summer access from town to the summit of Macpherson. Furthermore Travis has put in an alternate access point to this summit trail from the powerline access road seen from town. This higher access provides better direct access to the summit. Worth the effort!
But… if you don’t have the time or energy to go all the way to the summit Travis has created a few other options for you. If you want to scope your winter lines try the trail branching off the summit trail to the top of the Burnt Knob. If you don’t have that much time try the Mountain Climb Trail to the viewpoint near the intersection of Wells Creek. Or if you have the kids for the day or the in-laws are in town and you want to go for a quick hike park at the powerline access point and just do the loop there and back to the main summit trail. Lots of options!
There also exists an access trail from the west end of Macpherson. Going up the the west end and coming down the east end to hit this trail makes a very fine traverse. See the corresponding sections on the website for further details on this traverse.
Directions: For the ‘Mountain Climb’ access turn off the highway at the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Lodge. Follow the nordic ski trail roads to the ‘Mountain Climb’ trail bridge. Park here. For the Powerline access turn off the highway at the Griffith Creek access road. Follow the nordic ski trail roads and then the rough and slightly overgrown road to the parking below the powerlines.
- Mt. Macpherson Nordic Lodge: N50° 56.598′ W118° 13.327′
- Mt. Macpherson Mountain Climb bridge: N50° 56.489′ W118° 14.067′
- Griffith Creek Road: N50° 57.590′ W118° 13.678′
- Powerline Parking: N50° 58.038′ W118° 16.220′
- Mountain Climb Viewpoint: N50° 57.407′ W118° 15.635′
- Top of Burnt Knob: N50° 56.877′ W118° 16.419′
- End of brushed trail: N50° 56.774′ W118° 17.252′