Camp on Mt. Ronayne

Rate this Adventure 8.3 miles 3635.2 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Ashika Parsad

Mt. Ronayne is located in the northern end of the Sea-to-Sky Corridor. It is a less-traveled destination and offers great views of the Pemberton Valley, Whistler Blackcomb and way beyond.

Note: This hike does not have a beaten path. The first part involves minor bushwhacking and following flags/markers. The rest of it involves hiking up drainages and traversing scree slopes. 

If you're looking to avoid the regular sea-to-sky crowds and find somewhere a little more quiet to explore, this is the spot! You'll get beautiful views of open slopes, surrounding ridges and peaks, and faraway valleys for most of the trip.

Road conditions to the trailhead: some sections of the Birkenhead Lake FSR are loose gravel, somewhat washboard-ish, and potholed. Birkenhead Lake FSR is 2WDable. A high clearance 4WD is recommended for the North Tenas Creek branch due to water bars.

If you carry an overnight pack, a modified version of the 'Corkscrew Route' is recommended to ascend Mt. Ronayne. 

From your parked car, continue along the logging road through a cutblock, and follow an old ATV track with occasional flagging. In about 500m from the end of the cut block, you'll reach the open slopes below the summit and continue towards the end of the Tenas Creek Valley. From the end of the valley, continue up the main drainage on the west side of Ronayne.

You'll need to cross the Tenas creek which can be iffy in late spring and early summer conditions; your option is to wade through. Next, curve back south to cross a high col in the alpine. There are numerous tent spots in this section with some wind protection in trees and among the surrounding ridges.

You'll then continue up the southern ridge to the summit block. The summit itself is an easy scramble with plenty of holds and small cairns to mark the way. The standard Corkscrew route goes from the col to the south bowl, along the east ridge and then gains the summit from there.

From the summit, you'll see views of Whistler Blackcomb, Pemberton Valley, the Rutherford peaks, Tenquille Valley and beyond. This is an awesome, quiet destination and chances are, you wont run into fellow hikers.

For full conditions, step by step directions on the route, and google earth images of the route, check out: http://www.ashikaparsad.com/2016/05/mt-ronayne-birkenhead-area-bc/

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