Gate Mountain

Boston Bar, British Columbia

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Also known as the 1858 Trail, this trip is a pleasant hike in its own regard; however, another attraction is its historical significance. This one uses an old pack trail, established at the time of the gold rush to the Fraser River and the Cariboo. In view of its steepness, one can only feel sorry for the mules that carried loads over the ridge between the Fraser and the Anderson River to the east, while admiring the determination of the people who refused to be stopped by the natural difficulties associated with the bluffs above Hell’s Gate. The view that greets you is panoramic: the Fraser Canyon stretches north and south, the Anderson River system lies spread out to the east and southeast; in the distance to the south stand Hope Mountain and Isolillock Peak, and Mount Urquhart rises in the southwest. Due to its panoramic aspect, this was a B.C. Forest Service lookout. However, now a multitude of antennae and associated helicopter-transported debris litter the summit. You might be happier with the view from the knoll above The Notch.

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"Also known as the 1858 Trail, this trip is a pleasant hike in its own regard; however, another attraction is its historical significance. This one uses an old pack trail, established at the time of the gold rush to the Fraser River and the Cariboo. In view of its steepness, one can only feel sorry for the mules that carried loads over the ridge between the Fraser and the Anderson River to the east, while admiring the determination of the people who refused to be stopped by the natural difficulties associated with the bluffs above Hell’s Gate.

The view that greets you is panoramic: the Fraser Canyon stretches north and south, the Anderson River system lies spread out to the east and southeast; in the distance to the south stand Hope Mountain and Isolillock Peak, and Mount Urquhart rises in the southwest. Due to its panoramic aspect, this was a B.C. Forest Service lookout. However, now a multitude of antennae and associated helicopter-transported debris litter the summit. You might be happier with the view from the knoll above The Notch."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Boston Bar
Distance: 9.9
Elevation Gain: 3,850 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Best June to October
Local Maps: 92H/11 Spuzzum, 92H/14 Boston Bar
Driving Directions: Directions to Gate Mountain

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May 2018