MOUNT IRVINE 2290m 7500′
An uncommonly climbed mountain in the northeast corner of the Nelson Range. Great views down to the West Arm, Kootenay Lake and Crawford Bay. Like so much alpine in the West Kootenay, the Lyells larch is spectacular at the end of September into October.
Elevation gain: 3500′
Key elevations: Park ?4000′; Summit 7500′
Time: 4 hours up
Access: Difficult 4WD road
Season: July through September
Map: 82F/10 Crawford Bay
Drive: Take the Harrop ferry to the south shore. Off the ferry, turn left and drive to Proctor. From the Proctor store , drive 1km to Alexander Road – turn right onto rough 4WD road to park at about 4000′ belwo the ridge NNE of Mt Irvine.
Trail: Marked with ribbon and easy to follow in 1995. Follow the old road an hour to the ridge and 3 hours (~6kms) total to summit.