Mount Slesse Memorial Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fraser Valley E, British Columbia, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The route is out in the open following an old road, and takes you not only to the plaque but also to a breath-taking vista of Mt. Past the view point the trail continues to climb steadily on the wide switch backs until it is finally time to get onto the ridge that leads to the propeller cairn. be sent by Email through the Contact Us The other day I had the privilege to hike the amazing Mt. Slesse Memorial Trail leads to a memorial to those who perished in 1956 in the crash of the Trans-Canada flight 810 between Vancouver and Calgary, when the aircraft smashed into Slesse Mountain. It was a long, uneventful descent, followed by a flat walk back to the Slesse Mountain Trail trailhead. Thank you. It truly is a mass grave in a very, very beautiful setting. The left branch leads to the trail. Adam and I both exclaimed our amazement with this incredible mountain. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. This trail is different from the "Slesse Memorial Trail". The trail itself, it is not for the faint hearted. So if you go, have a back up hike plan if the road continues to be closed. To get to the trailhead, you do require a vehicle with high clearance. Thanks for reading our blog and for your comments! First washout is crossable with a 4wd. Planning on going for a drive in my Mini and then doing the hike but want to make sure we can make it. The trail to Mount Slesse is located south of Chilliwack Lake Road along a very rugged Forest Service Road that requires a 4x4 with high clearance. More Sasse Mountain Trail (#1340) is a 5.5 mile out and back trail located near Roslyn, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. ( Log Out /  Was it doable with micro spikes or crampons, or did you need snowshoes? It does continue, but it's not obvious. View Slesse Memorial Trail Description | Add Comment. Note: The trail does continue along the road to its end, where a rough trail leads you up a ridge to the base of Slesse's rock slopes (another 4 hrs return). The Slesse Memorial Trail This trail is famous for its huge Northeast Buttress that can be climbed, but is a very special place to hike for an entirely different reason. What comments say about 4x4 is absolutely true, do not drive unless you have high clearance. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Slesse means "fang" in the native Salish tongue, which aptly describes it's spire profile from many directions. The drive up, you will need a truck/suv with high clearance. If you want to bushwhack and walk through spiderwebs for two hours hit this hike up. We are willing to leave our vehicle on the main road and hike the 6km to the trailhead, but were wondering if the access road is actually closed, meaning un-passable for hikers on foot? Awesome hike with incredible views! It was muddy, bushy and full of bugs. After driving a small loop on the road, we made the decision to attempt Ford Mountain instead and hope for the best. A four prop Twin Star similar to a DC-3 collided just below the summit killing all 62 people aboard. Slesse Mountain - 8002' - NE Buttress Class 5.8 August 2019. Slesse Mountain, usually referred to as Mount Slesse, is a mountain just north of the US-Canada border, in the Cascade Mountains of British Columbia, near the town of Chilliwack.It is notable for its large, steep local relief. The trailhead is a short distance ahead to your right, look for the technical tape hanging from the trees. We reserve the right to remove photos or comments we deem unacceptable in our sole discretion. It took 10 years of training, courses, determination, sweat, tears and mountain experience before Chris achieved this dream over a decade ago, summiting the Northeast Buttress. The road has several washouts and large rocks and is not suitable for small cars. Recommended hike! Change ). Very muddy in the beginning but not too bad once you pass the stairs. This climb involves climbing on one side of the mountain and descending on the other side so a car shuttle is preferred unless you can swing a helicopter pick up. The peak was the site of the worst air disaster in Western Canada's history. create We would recommend hiking this trail with a group of 4 or more as it is very remote and we never saw anyone else on the trail.  We never encountered any animals, but to be safe, make noise and travel with a group. Have you hiked Slesse Memorial Trail? Slesse Memorial Trail with a handful of people to assess some of the work that needs to be done to make it one of Chilliwack’s flagship trails. At this point the trail turns uphill. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. A little over an hour to get up to the plaque. For example, its west face drops over 1,950 m (6,398 ft) to Slesse Creek in less than 3 km (2 mi). ( Log Out /  Mount Slesse holds a special place in Chris’s heart. Thanks! I had never heard about this crash, one of the worst aviation disasters, or of Mount Slesse, until my friend invited me to go hiking on the Slesse Memorial Trail with a Meetup group yesterday. The road has several washouts and large rocks and is not suitable for small cars. Here was Slesse Mountain with it's huge Northest Buttress snaking it's way down from the summit. The advantage of the Slesse Mountain trail is that it is a pretty easy slog out, which can be nice if it is dark or if you are tired; the Crossover descent requires more involved routefinding and some travel over steep snowfields and talus, which is not as fun in the dark or when tired. The trail was being worked on as I hiked today. opt-in to receive email updates, news and information from However I’m planning on going up this friday (JULY 2ND, 2018) do any of you know if there’s still snow? The Sasse Mountain Trail begins at Forest Road 4305-118 and ends at an intersection with the Jolly Mountain trail. We were able to get a few hikes in between wonderful moments spent reminiscing with some of Chris’s lifelong friends while creating beautiful new memories. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Slesse Mountain is a prominent peak in the Pacific Northwest's North Cascades, two miles north of the British Columbia-U.S. border, close to the same longitude as Mt. Distance:  12 km Did Chris climb the mountain with ropes? ( Log Out /  Beautiful scenery and sad story about the airplane crash. Shortly after the campsite there is a lovely view point with an information plague describing the significance of the memorial trail. Did in Sep 7, 2019. Park at the end of the drivable road and start walking. Comments that gratuitously attack or demean individuals or organizations are not acceptable. Slesse and its neighbours. For our full website terms and conditions including our legal guidelines for user postings and comments on www.vancouvertrails.com, please see our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Views from the top were amazing. Im planning to head up there this Friday, anybody know the conditions? This is the (partially hikeable) climbers trail located on the West side of the mountain. An AWD SUV would do just fine, but a car would definitely NOT make it. * Few hundred meters to the large commemorative plaque and a great view of Mt. Used by climbers as a descent route from Mt Slesse - the "Crossover Pass Descent". Elevation:  920 meters At the moment Chris and I have flexible schedules and decided to take a trip to the West Coast and spend some time in the Chilliwack area where Chris grew up. The trail passes through second growth forest cedar trees which are massive, some 3-1/2 feet in diameter. The only malevolent note about this classic climb was a plane crash that hit the mountain in 1956. At the first fork, turn left (follow signs for slesse and rexford). A lot of the overgrowth had been cut back and the bridge is safe to cross. form. Share your experience with us: Share up to 3 photos from your hiking experience: Photos must be smaller than 8MB and must not be of an offensive nature more contain illegal acts. I was also keen to get a good view of this mountain that meant so much to him, so we decided to do the Mount Slesse Memorial hike, a moderate hike which culminates at Propellor Cairn, well below where the technical climbing route begins. Approximate Round Trip Time:  6 hours. Its an easy trail to follow with a new'ish bridge over the Nesakwatch river and follows an old logging road for about 1/2 the distance. The trailhead of Rexford is located 2Km after Slesse trailhead where there is fork. Slesse Mountain Routes : SummitPost.org : Climbing, hiking, mountaineering No surprise here, but with the remoteness of the trail, be aware that there are no bathrooms at the trail head, nor cell service. Posted: September 14, 2020 01:48:08 PM PST. Sign up to receive hiking updates, information Mt. Hiking info, trail maps, and 6 trip reports from Slesse Mountain (2,439 m) in the Cascades of British Columbia As far as we heard this is an awesome hike! 1 review of Slesse Memorial Trail "In 1956, Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810 crashed on Mount Slesse, located in Chilliwack, killing all 62 people aboard. Road was sketchy but doable for my Subaru Crosstrek, definitely bottomed out a couple times though. Make sure you have a good vehicle with ground clearance and tires before you attempt the 6km service road. A memorial is constructed near the end of the trail below the eastern ramparts of the mountain. Follow Chris + Brenda on their hikes + scrambles in Kananaskis, Canmore, Banff, Bragg Creek, Lake Louise + surrounding area. Your email address will NOT be displayed on the site. Trail must be overgrown because most people see the washout and can't see the trail continuing, and leave. I brought my dog and had no problems; lots of water for him to drink. Yes, this is a technical climb that he did with ropes. Did this Hike on Thanksgiving weekend. Andre, I'm thinking of doing this hike on May 12 or 13, 2018. Vancouver Trails about local hiking information, events, deals on Hey all, i’ve attempted this hike once while snow still covered the service road and could not make it up. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. We reserve the right to remove comments or any other content we deem unacceptable in our sole discretion, including removing user names and profile pictures. Shuksan. Cheers.... Steve. William’s Ridge was a tricky hike to find just on the basis of some hiking descriptions. For five months nobody knew what happened. about upcoming contests, and special offers. Slesse Mountain, usually referred to as Mount Slesse is a mountain just north of the US - Canada border, in the Cascade Mountains of British Columbia, near nort. Unless you have a truck don't attempt to go on this hike. We appreciate it! I'm willing to pay for the help, and would like to go in July of 2019. See pics. 1. First, a big thank you to the city of Chilliwack for the great signage job, for this and other mountains, sometimes getting to the trail head can be quite confusing. The aircraft had exploded on impact and only relatively small pieces remained, much of which fell 2,000 feet down the almost sheer cliffs of the mountain. Anybody hiked this trail in Aug or Sept of 2020? It is quite rocky and full of deep dips. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. However, with the right vehicle, hikers can drive to the end of the forest service road, making for a much-shorter, more scenic hike. Gerry 604 961 9123 [email protected], Posted: February 12, 2019 02:02:20 PM PST. Updated driving instructions as of May 5th, 2018: The gravel road is washed out twice - once around 3km, next around 2 km from the trailhead. You will definitely need a tall jeep or some other vehicle with high clearance in order to get to the trailhead. The trail is in great shape, the bridge is wonderful ,nice work trail keepers It was a beautiful sunny day, a nice breeze blowing, was a great day to hike up the mountain As I got to the Memorial Plaque with the Mountain looming over it .So happy to get here but sad for what had happened here About another 1.5 km to the memorial with the propeller and parts from the wreckage A very nice day, leave early if you like taking pictures there’s so much to see and enjoy, Anybody, I'm a novice hiker who would like to go to the propeller cairn, but I'll need a guide for sure. Five months later, the wreckage was found on the Third Peak of Mount Slesse, only 75 feet from its summit, at an altitude of 7,700 feet. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. There is a marker for the trail which is tagged with ribbon.  It is located just before the parking area on the right hand side of the road. Drove up the last week of August to the trailhead, and hiked to the plaque. * Soon after the boundary is a flagged/cut trail leading off to the right. Now you will gain ~1100m in less … We gave up before we saw any nice vistas. Alarms were ringing around 4am and we were up and going by 5am by head lamps. I will be trying again eventually but with with sandbags to place in the divots to reduce bottoming out, or with a higher vehicle. Trail is in a pretty good shape. I'd recommend wearing long sleeve and pants for the flies and mosquitos. The two we met at the Memorial TH were there with their car, and offered to drive us around. If you've reached the sign for rexford (no mention of slesse) you've gone too far. Went up the road yesterday and there were signs posted about active falling and on further inspection they actually had work vehicles parked further up on the road blocking the way thru to the trailhead. The trail passes a memorial plaque and crash site, remembering one of Canada’s worst aviation disasters that happened on December 9, 1956. gear, and other outdoor related updates. i’ll be going up in an SUV, ford escape. We continued up the trail passing the Crossover trail junction on our right. Questions or comments can Any info would be much appreciated:)! Trail Link: Vancouver Trails Website . Fixing the flat as we look for the Slesse Mtn trail head. The road has several washouts and large rocks and is not suitable for small cars.  (Exerpt compliments of Vancouver Trails Website)  I have a small SUV and it would not have made it up this road.  Our friend Josh has a 4 x 4 that made it up the Forest Service Road with little problems.  It’s not often that Chris, Ripley and I go 4 x 4’ing so I’d have to say that our adventure began when we turned onto this road! The Mount Slesse Memorial Trail is one of the nicest hikes I have done in the lower mainland of British Columbia. The only bathroom is at the recreation site when you first enter. From the 8km mark on the Slesse FSR, continue on a footpath following an old logging road, south for 3 km. Slesse Peak Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Slesse Peak is: A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Mon morningTemperatures will be below freezing (max -4°C on Sat afternoon, min -13°C on Mon afternoon)Winds decreasing (gales from the WSW on … We were hoping someone would be there, and you'd never guess who we found! I'm only rating this a 1 star because i was not able to access the hike with my Rav4 which I thought would have been enough clearance. The trail to Mount Slesse is located south of Chilliwack Lake Road along a very rugged Forest Service Road that requires a 4×4 with high clearance. Add your article. We decided to hike to Propellor Cairn, but if you prefer a shorter hike, you can make  the memorial plaque that is perched in front of Mount Slesse your destination.  It took us approximately 1-1/2 hours to reach this spot, hiking at a fairly quick pace with little stops.  At this spot you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Mount Slesse. The trail is very overgrown at the moment. ( Log Out /  Road for access (Nekawatch FSR) is closed for active logging. Is a 4x4 really necessary, or is a high clearance SUV good enough? The Slesse Memorial Trail provides access to climbing routes on the east side of the mountain. Slesse Memorial Trail with a handful of people to assess some of the work that needs to be done to make it one of Chilliwack’s flagship trails. While this is an incredible objective, an ambiance of dread hangs over Mount Slesse that has nothing to do with climbing. Most cars only made it in 3km and its another 3km in to the start of the hike. I wish this hike wasn’t so difficult to get to :(, Andre, can you please clarify how bad the washout is? Good Hike overall. The first business was to cross the Nesakwatch Creek and the cold water ensured that we would not be sleepy for the rest of the approach. The Slesse Memorial Trail provides access to climbing routes on the east side of the mountain and leads you directly to the propeller cairn. For many Chilliwack residents the peak of Mt. Home Geography of North America Geography of the Pacific Northwest Geography of British Columbia The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October. Go up the severely washed out forest service road and turn right at the next fork. This trail is also steeped in history.  Mount Slesse is the site of one of Canada’s worst aviation disasters which occurred on December 9, 1956, when Trans Canada Airlines Flight 810 crashed, killing all 62 people on board.  To learn more on this crash –  Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810. Chris is an accomplished international climber. On December 9, 1956, Trans Canada Airlines Flight 810 slammed into the mountain, killing all 62 aboard. I only made it to the plaque but the views were very beautiful and well worth the trek. Posted: September 5, 2020 07:40:42 PM PST. Back up plans could include Pierce Lake or Radium Lake which are both good and fairly steep hikes within a 10 minute drive. Also the bridge shown in the photos above is washed out. Site Description:Slesse Mountain exhibits dark multi-horns that make for a well recognized landmark from afar. The Notheast Buttress of Slesse Mountain is a Grade V, 5.10- alpine rock climb in the rugged Chilliwack region just north of the United States-Canadian border. * Trail continues past the plaque on the old road - very clear. Slesse Memorial Trail The other day I had the privilege to hike the amazing Mt. Slesse Memorial Trail 6 1/2 Hours 1000 Meter Gain (3280 Feet) 13 KM (8 Mile) Round Trip Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. I was looking under the assumption that the trail started before the turn off for Slesse Memorial Trail, but that was not the case. Things to know: The trail to Mount Slesse is located south of Chilliwack Lake Road along a very rugged Forest Service Road that requires a 4×4 with high clearance. He was able to see this mountain outside his window as a young boy and decided that one day he would climb it. Slesse Mountain, usually referred to as Mount Slesse, is a mountain just north of the US-Canada border, in the Cascade Mountains of British Columbia, near the town of Chilliwack.It is notable for its large, steep local relief. Part of the logging road is rough but doable by 2WD to about 1/2Km off the trailhead of Slesse which is located about 5.5Km from the beginning of the logging road. West side climbs are traditionally accessed via the Slesse Creek FSR, 21kms from the roundabout, however this road is gated and closed to cars. Hi Just attempted this hike the other day. From Vancouver, drive east on Highway #1 to Chilliwack and take Exit 119A: Vedder Road. Just a few days after Steven climbed Slesse via the standard route, Itai (my friend from Israel) and I went up to climb it via the classic NE buttress. You can electronically Unsubscribe at any time. The view up top was great, however, getting up there wasn't. Road to trailhead was open, to answer the previous review. This is the (partially hikeable) climbers trail located on the West side of the mountain. Hiking in Chilliwack, British Columbia. The trail is in great shape, the bridge is wonderful,nice work trail keepers It was a beautiful sunny day, a nice breeze blowing, was a great day to hike up the mountain The service road to the trailhead is full of divots and ditches throughout the road, making cars bottom out constantly. The terrain itself made it difficult. At what point did you hit snow? However, there was a fair amount of snow at the top which made it somewhat challenging. For example, its west face drops over 1,950 m (6,398 ft) to Slesse Creek in less than 3 km (2 mi). Posted: September 12, 2019 10:22:03 PM PST, First, a big thank you to the city of Chilliwack for the great signage job, for this and other mountains, sometimes getting to the trail head can be quite confusing. 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