MOUNT FERRIE 2365 m 7759’
This is the high point of the long ridge above Summit Lake. Summit Peak, at the west end of the ridge is 6kms away.
Elevation gain: 1600′
Key elevations: Park 6145′, Summit 7759′
Time: 2 hours up
Season: July through September
Map: 82K/4 Nakusp
Drive: From New Denver, drive north on Highway 6 and about 8 km. north of the Summit Lake rec site, turn right (north) onto the signed Wilson Lake road. Zero odometer.
0.0 Pass through the Box Lake Lumberyard, staying on the mainline and making these turns: km. 3.5, go left (signed); km. 5.3, go right; km. 6.5, go right; km. 7.5, go left; km. 8.1, go left; km. 9.7, go left (GR 544- 641)
10.9km Turn right or south onto the unsigned Harlow Creek road. To this point, the surface is 2WD but rough and stoney. The Harlow road is excellent 2WD.
0.0 Continue on Harlow Ck Rd.
4.0km Turn left and cross Harlow Creek (right fork might go toward Summit Pk.)
7.3km Bend right at a switchback. Finally, at km.
8.6km Reach a landing (588-598, GPSed at 6145’).
Route: Head east into the cut block, pass into open timber, follow a creek and reach a rocky basin. Gain the west ridge and summit.
MT FERRIE 2365m 7759’ Oct.1
(Map 82K/4 Nakusp)
This is another of those, “I’ve been meaning to explore this area for 20 years,” articles. Mt. Ferrie is part of the long northwest-southeast tending ridge along the north side of Summit Lake and stretching from near Box Lake to Hills. On a warm and sunny Friday, Kyle Ridge, John Eggleton and I made a day trip to this attractive spot.
First, the road access. Drive north on Highway 6 and about 8 km. north of the Summit Lake rec site, turn right or north onto the signed Wilson Lake road and re-set your odometer. Pass through the Box Lake Lumberyard, staying on the mainline and making these turns: km. 3.5, go left (signed); km. 5.3, go right; km. 6.5, go right; km. 7.5, go left; km. 8.1, go left; km. 9.7, go left (GR 544- 641); and km. 10.9, turn right or south onto the unsigned Harlow Creek road. To this point, the surface is 2WD but rough and stoney.
Re-set you odometer again. Continue and at km. 4.0, turn left and cross Harlow Creek (right fork might go toward Summit Pk.). At km. 7.3, bend right at a switchback. Finally, reach a landing at km. 8.6 (588-598, GPSed at 6145’). The Harlow road is excellent 2WD.
Now for the trip. Judging that Mt. Ferrie lay to the ESE and only 1600’ above us, we headed east and up into the cutblock above the truck at 10:55. Clad in shorts and t-shirts, we passed into open timber, followed a watercourse, and in one hour reached a rocky basin where we lunched at the base of Ferrie’s west ridge (599-595). As we snacked, we enjoyed views of the Harlow cabin, Summit Pk. , and the lengthy inviting, open ridge extending for kilometres above Highway 6. After our break, we continued up easy rock and turf of the west ridge to gain Ferrie’s summit at 12:55. After inspecting the cairn (no record), we sprawled in the sun for an hour, savouring some of the most spectacular West Kootenay views I have ever enjoyed. Most of the Goat Range lay before us, with Mt. Cooper directly to the east. On the west, from south to north, we could see the Valkyrs, Valhallas, the Pinnacles, Monasheee Provincial Park, the Gold Range, Mt. Begbie, and way up the Columbia beyond Revelstoke. To the east and north, we spotted Loki, Willett, Templeman, and on to Moby Dick and its cohorts. Heading down at 2:00, we re-traced our steps to the truck in 1 hr. 20 min. for a 4 hr. 25 min. day. An easy round trip from Nelson , 6:30am to 5:30 pm. A good trip for next fall would be Summit Pk, directly above Summit Lake.