Moving time  2 hours 58 minutes

Time  4 hours 17 minutes

Coordinates 1722

Uploaded November 7, 2019

Recorded November 2019

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3,174 f
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2.9
5.9 mi

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near Gordon River, British Columbia (Canada)

At the top of Mt Bolduc, is a memorial site marking the 1944 crash of an RCAF coastal patrol plane. It was enroute from Patricia Bay to Tofino when it collided with the top of Mt Bolduc with no survivors.

The Memorial is interesting and the views on the way up to it and at the summit are spectacular.

This is a strenuous hike, uphill all the way with an average grade of 14%. It is along a decomissioned logging road, which gets progressively rougher as you ascend.

Be aware that the weather at the summit can be significantly different than down by Lake Cowichan. Bring wet weather gear and a warm jacket etc. in the fall/winter/spring and extra water in the summer.

The Retreads Hiking Club gives this hike an AVA rating of 4B.

Looking for a hike in the Cowichan Valley? Or, looking for hiking companions? Google "Retreads Hiking Club CVRD".

Directions to the trailhead from Honeymoon Bay (distances are approximate):
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1) Follow South Shore Road past the March Meadows Golf Course to the stop sign.
2) Turn left and follow the road to the first right, the intersection with the Gordon River M/L road.
3) Turn right onto Gordon River M/L.
4) Follow Gordon River M/L for 14 KM to intersection with Mount Bolduc Forest Service Road.
5) Turn right onto Mount Bolduc Forest Service Road.
6) Follow for 4.1 KM to wide area in road and park.

CAUTION: this is and active logging area. When driving logging roads, do so with your lights on and yield to logging trucks.
Parking

A safe place to park

One of the difficulties of this hike is finding a place to park your vehicle that is safe and does not block the logging road. It is certainly possible to drive further up the road and park but the road narrows as it goes making it more difficult to park safely.
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Going up ... Typical trail conditions in this section of trail

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... and up ... Typical trail conditions in this section of trail

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... more up ... Typical trail conditions in this section of trail

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Looking down & up

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... still more up ... Typical trail conditions in this section of trail

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View down the valley and finally hiking in the sunshine

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Alternate Parking Lot

In previous hikes to Bolduc we have parked here. There is still SOME parking here but if you can't park here there is no alternative. DO NOT park blocking the road. Beyond this point only high clearance 4WD vehicle recommended!
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Looking back down valley

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Climbing & climbing. Will it ever end? No!

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The slash on the hill is the road just above the 'alternate parking' waypoint

Intersection

Bear left!

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Another nice view

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The summit is in site.

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Almost at the memorial site

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The view across the mountains to the NW

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Entry to the Memorial Site

Watch for the airplane marker on the tree.
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The path into the Memorial

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The Memorial Site

This is a war grave. Take Nothing & Leave Only Your Respect! The poppy tree is adorned with poppies that visitors have brought to the site.
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Memorial Site information sign.

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A little more up to get to our lunch stop

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View looking SE

You can see the white tip of Mt Baker in Washington State poking up over the nearer mountains to the right of the hiker's head
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The road does continue up a bit higher

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Heading back down

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View NE down the road

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Heading on down . . .

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... and down ...

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... and down ...

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... and down ...

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... and down.

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