Rating: 5 stars.
Distance: 10 km return to the campsite. 12 km return to the glacier (signpost kilometre markers on trail are inaccurate).
Description: Another rite of passage for Revelstoke hikers. This is a ‘classic’ Revelstoke trail. Valley bottom trailhead. Steep. Very little views most of the way, eventually leading to a spectacular setting. This trail is not for the faint of heart but well worth the effort. I used to fly helicopter tours to the base of the glacier. I was always excited by the reaction of locals who had stared at Mount Begbie their entire lives, but had never seen it up close. Do it. For those that are glacier travel experienced and equipped, an ascent of the central peak is highly recommended. Do not underestimate the glacier. There have been experienced parties in the past that have fallen into hidden crevasses. The climbing is quality with the exception of the transition from the glacier onto the ledge. After that, its 3rd class scrambling with one or two 4th class climbing sections.
Directions: Drive south from Revelstoke on Highway 23. About 2.5 kilometres past the Mount Macpherson Cross Country Day Lodge you will see the Trailhead sign on the right.
- Mount Begbie Summit Trailhead: N50 55.343 W118 12.649
- Mount Begbie Campsite: N50 53.959 W118 14.677
- Mount Begbie Glacier: N50 53.597 W118 15.048