Sasquatch Peak

May 20, 2021


Harrison Hot Springs, BC

“Sasquatch Peak” is the unofficial name of the highest point of a small piece of woods immediately to the south of Sasquatch Provincial Park a short ways from Harrison Hot Springs. Despite the low elevation and the forested profile this peak surprisingly boasts over 600 m prominence as it’s surrounded by deep valleys. There are at least two small bluffs near the summit that offer some views on a clear day. Mt. Hicks to the south of “Sasquatch Peak” also in this same section of the woods is officially named but is lower and 100% forested with no view.

This peak also boasts a somewhat distinct boob-shaped profile when driving westwards down Highway 1 from Hope towards Chilliwack and in fact, I probably would have called it “Green Boob” had it not been named yet. Earlier in this year “Sasquatch Peak” along with Mt. Hicks had suddenly caught the “SWBC Peak Baggers” attention due to its prominence that at least half a dozen groups had gone in and bagged it within a period of a month. I waited a little longer to let those Facebook stories settle a bit in my memory. Ideally these peaks should be done in winter when avalanche danger is too high to attempt bigger objectives but there’s a problem. The gate at the entrance of Sasquatch Provincial Park is closed in winter meaning an extra 5 km of biking/walking is required. I was not too keen on that. The solution was then to bag it in spring as a before-work exercise and I pulled the spontaneous last-minute trigger on this Thursday as I couldn’t come up with a better objective. As always I preferred to car-camp so that I could get a few extra hours of sleep. I drove out of White Rock on Wednesday night after work at 10:30 pm and made to the “trail-head” past midnight and simply slept on the passenger seat of my truck.

Sasquatch Peak hike/bushwhack. GPX DL

The spur road that goes up onto the west flanks of Mt. Hicks / “Sasquatch Peak” was in an excellent shape but unfortunately it’s gated meaning that those kilometers must be earned on foot. The road brought me to the south-west side of “Sasquatch Peak” near Sasquatch/Hicks saddle. I did not do my homework for this hike and ended up picking a rough route on the ascent. I naturally aimed for the highest possible spot on the spur roads before bailing into the forest. The last spur road was overgrown with wet bushes, and the forest was a true nightmare with “BW4” pick-up sticks and brambles. I should have just turned around to search for a better route because nobody mentioned such a bad bushwhack in their trip reports but I was too stubborn to turn around. After half an hour of hell I exited the worst of it onto the upper SW Ridge.

I took my time cooking breakfast in the morning. Car camping routine..
The start of the walk up the gated FSR
The typical conditions of the road. I could have easily driven to the end if it’s not gated.
I was already on the mistake here to take this higher but overgrown spur
I should have turned around here but insisted to press on into the field of mess
“BW4” pick-up sticks for 100 vertical meters felt like eternity…
“3rd class” scrambling required to hop over some of these. There were brambles too…
Finally, I was out of the worst of the bushwhack

The upper SW Ridge had an easy section but soon narrowed down into another mess of pick-up sticks field. The difference was that the bushwhacking here was at worst “grade 3” and the sticks were much smaller and easier to step across. The bluff immediately to the west of the true summit offered surprisingly expansive views and the bluff right on the summit had some views looking south. At this point I decided against bagging Mt. Hicks because I needed a break from the bushwhacking so lingered on the summit for over half an hour soaking in the sunshine.

This picture sums up the upper SW Ridge…
As others mentioned the only reason to push through these is the prominence…
Thankfully I was able to get some views. This was looking towards Sasquatch Resort peaks
This is looking towards the southern end of “West Harrison” area
This bluff’s decently exposed. I had to be careful taking those photos…
Looking north up Mahood Creek
Deer Lake in foreground in front of Slollicum Peak
This is looking at Bear Mountain
Easy forest leading to the true summit
Mt. Barr and “Sowerby Peak” to the south
Isolillock Peak is that one dominating the skyline
I could even see Conway Peak and the eastern end of Cheam Range
Soaking in the sun beams to dry off my boots…
Me on the summit of “Sasquatch Peak”

I noticed some dark clouds building up (thunderstorms in the forecast) so quickly packed up the gears and started the descent. I retraced my route down the upper ridge then veered down-climber’s right in hope to avoid the worst of the bushwhack. Indeed, I picked a much better line on the descent so that the bushwhacking never got worse than “BW3”. There were some devil’s clubs on the lower parts but those were easily avoidable. I almost decided to just fuck it and go for Mt. Hicks since I was already there, but then I checked the time and decided to head down. I had work in the afternoon and I didn’t want to risk being late. It was already past noon at this point and I knew the traffic could not be too easy in the rush hour. I drove to the shore of Deer Lake after the hike but it wasn’t very worthy.

Just a photo to show me in the tangled mess of pick-up sticks…
Very typical bushwhacking on the upper SW Ridge
The lower bushwhacking. Thankfully I found a better line down…
Back onto the road walking
As you can see, the road’s in an excellent shape…
“Sasquatch Peak” and its reflection in Deer Lake