Brilliant group, brilliant weather, brilliant (false) peak! Complete... finally... after last years micro climate madness of 60km winds with near zero temps and being pelted by rain that felt like paintball bullets, I have finally peaked the Tusk .... and it debuts in my Top 10 List at #2. I started a new hiking meetup...check out whats coming up next!BC Peaks & Trails Hiking Group
The Trail: The trail is dead simple to follow, well worn foot bed until you reach the start of the volcanic scree... there is some braiding of the trail in various places as you start up towards the Tusk, but it would be hard to loose it unless your visibility was reduced to 3 meters.
The Scramble: The scramble up the "chimney" was not as bad as I had imagined (but any scramble is always subjective and I would class it as 2.5), but I personally would not attempt it on anything other a perfectly dry day. Keep in mind you need to descend and if clouds are looming ... think about the implications for you on your descent if it indeed gets wet.
The Peak: (Edit: As Pardeep correctly reminded me... what we achieved was actually the false peak. The true peak would have required mountaineering gear or a death wish as a no rope scramble) Aside from the cairn at the false peak, people have invested some sweat equity in building a couple of meeting circles with elevated walls about ~3.5m in diameter... good protection and a brilliant place to relax on a windy day.
Head Protection: I saw none of it other than our group?!?!.. I found that surprising to be honest... but then again I stopped feeling immortal many moons ago... but the worst section was actually midway along the base of the tusk on our way to the scramble... rocks the size of baseballs were careening off from above and landing, shattering into smaller shrapnel or causing other rocks to also become airborne and fly across the trail. You usually get audible warning, but on a windy day... not so much. Its your call.
Water Sources: There are water sources along the trail in the form of small creeks that you cross moving up the meadows and the last source (for us anyways) was just before we turned up and started hiking directly at the tusk (start of the scree/rock/dirt section of the trail).
Have fun out there, stay safe and see you on the trails!