Mount Klitsa

At 1,639 meters, Mount Klitsa dominates the views of the west end of Sproat Lake. In the Hupacasath dialect of Nuu-Cha-Nulth it means "Always White".  There are two routes up it, the one described here being the easier one - the Brooke George Memorial Trail (Brooke George was a well-known local business man and hiker who tragically lost his life during a mountain climbing accident in Strathcona Park in 2006). The views from the top provide stunning panoramic views of Sproat Lake and the mountains of Vancouver Island.

The last part of the 1 ½ hr drive to the trailhead is rugged. From Port Alberni follow the McCoy Lake road onto Stirling Arm Drive and turn off onto a logging road as you approach the lake. Drive along the south shoreline past Two Rivers Arm and turn left to go up and over a pass into the Nahmint Valley. The drive itself provides wonderful views. The GPS track is provided here will help guide you to the trailhead. The last part of the road in is not drivable and must be hiked.

Once you are on the trail it is reasonably easy and well-marked once you pass the treeline, it gets steeper until you get very near the top. There is a high elevation pond that makes a great place to camp if you decide to make this an overnight trip. Then it becomes a scramble on rocks, but no ropes are needed.  

Difficulty: 
Difficult
Length: 
8 hours round trip (14.6 km)
Vehicle Access: 
4WD
Elevation Gain: 
1,100 m
Trailhead Coordinates: 
49.24459, 125.24580
GPS File: 
GPS Map: 

Important

UPDATE - The BC Wildfire Service has declared a ban on all Category 2 fires.  This means anything larger than a campfire (0.5 meters wide and 0.5 meters high) is presently prohibited. The forest is extra dry this spring so please be very careful!

IMPORTANT – Any of the various trails described on this website might be accessed through, or pass over, privately owned land. It is solely your responsibility as a hiker to ensure that you have the appropriate permission from the landowner before travelling on any privately owned land. When travelling on privately owned land, please be respectful and responsible, to help ensure the landowners future cooperation with hikers.  

When travelling on privately owned forestry roads, make sure to stay aware and follow all posted signs. Do not enter any areas that are marked closed for active logging, and never approach any logging equipment. Island Timberlands kindly provides information on access restrictions and other important info on their BLOG.

Whenever you venture into the wilderness it is important that you make someone aware of your travel plans, in the event that an emergency situation occurs. Always make sure that you bring with you appropriate survival equipment when venturing into the wilderness for even the shortest hikes. Be mindful of the difficulty of individual trails, and do not attempt hikes that are beyond your physically abilities or training. The volunteers, and owners, of the Valley of Trails website provide information about trails and outdoor activities in the Alberni Valley, but in no way assume responsibility or liability whatsoever in regards to your safety when venturing into the wilderness. It is your responsibility to stay safe in the Valley of Trails.