Rating: 5 stars.
Distance: 14 km return to the summit.
Description: Other than hiring a helicopter to land you on the summit, this is the best option for getting to the top of Mount Macpherson. A newly reconstructed bridge over English Creek and a recently brushed access road to the power lines (thanks to BC Hydro) puts this hike back on the books! The access trail is old and overgrown (rumoured to have been put in by the Vernon Outdoors Club 25 years ago) but will save you a bushwhack. From the end of the trail and up to the Macpherson west col it is easy walking in any direction. Whether it is to the summit of Mount Macpherson, the summit of Mount Tilley or just a couple of days camping at Tilley Lakes this is a fantastic route. An alpine traverse over to Mount Begbie and down the Begbie Trail would also make for an excellent few days. See the corresponding section of this website for the various options.
Directions: Drive west of Revelstoke on Highway 1. Just before the 3 Valley Gap ‘Resort’ hang a left onto the Three Valley – Victor FSR. Drive for 2.6 km on this road until you come to a Y. Take the left hand road (100 Road) that leads into the English Creek drainage. Here you will cross the recently rebuilt English Bridge and head up the even more recently brushed access road. Once under the power lines look for the parking spot marked by a small rock cairn and proceed through the old cut block to the trailhead. The trail is pretty much non-existent through the cut block so make your way through it wherever it seems easiest. Once at the edge of the timber edge locate the trailhead. Follow the overgrown trail that leads up the drainage to the small lake (where the trail ends) and onto the boulder gully that leads to the col. From the col scramble up the talus slope to the almost flat 4 km long plateau that leads to the summit of Macpherson. Very easy hiking with a spectacular views of the Monashees the whole way. Hard to believe this is so close to town.
- Three Valley – Victor FSR: N50 56.202 W118 25.939
- Branch 100 Road: N50 56.496 W118 24.344
- English Bridge: N50 56.693 W118 23.191
- Macpherson west approach trail parking: N50 56.566 W118 20.752
- Macpherson west approach trailhead: N50 56.409 W118 20.672
- Small lake marking the end of trail: N50 55.892 W118 20.503
- Macpherson west col: N50 55.496 W118 20.204