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Mount Killam

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9.6 mile 15.4 kilometer out and back
74% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 3,089' 942 m
Descent: -3,089' -942 m
High: 2,737' 834 m
Low: 17' 5 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 64% (33°)

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Trail shared by Tony Redford

A short ferry ride from Vancouver, this classic run on Gambier Island in Howe Sound has excellent views from the peak.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is a relatively short run starting from New Brighton, on Gambier Island, and finishing at the peak of Mount Killam. The first half or so is on well-graded logging road that heads through a clear-cut and then into the forest on a well-marked singletrack trail to the peak. Whispering Creek is crossed just after leaving the clear-cut and is a relatively reliable source of water for filling up during a day run or packing extra water for camping near the peak. About a half hour before the true peak is an amazing viewpoint that gives the best views of the trail. Views include the Lions, Mount Harvey, Brunswick Mountain and other Howe Sound Crest peaks, as well as Howe Sound itself, the islands within it, and Vancouver. The viewpoint also makes a great camp spot.

Description

This run on Gambier Island is low elevation (844m) and easy to get to from Horseshoe Bay. Once on the actual trail, it is extremely well marked and easy to follow. There is a great viewpoint about 20 minutes before the summit that is better than the summit itself.

Exit the ferry and take a left at the Canada Post mailboxes. Continue on this road for about 2.5 km and take a right on the new logging road. There is a sign that says "lakes" to the left, but you'll actually want to go right. Continue for about 800m. There will be a junction with another logging road. The trailhead is on the left, with some flagging around but this is difficult to see. From here, the Mt. Killiam Trail is well marked and easy to follow.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of old-growth trees, low-elevation wildflowers, and the forest demon! (A strange-shaped stump with some moss growing on its "scalp.")

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View of Howe Sound and mountains of Howe Sound Crest (Brunswick, Harvey, Lions) from Mount Killam.
Sep 29, 2017 near Lions Bay, BC
Funny stump decorated with moss (and glasses!) on Mount Killam Trail.
Sep 29, 2017 near Gibsons, BC
Camp spot at viewpoint on Mount Killam
Sep 29, 2017 near Lions Bay, BC
Filling up water after leaving logging road on way up to Mount Killam.
Sep 29, 2017 near Gibsons, BC

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