May 6, 2017 Overnighted just above the main viewpoint on Mount Killam on Saturday night. The day started out with us heading towards the Skagit Valley to try to camp on the Skagit River trail starting from Silver-Skagit road TH, but the road was closed until 6 pm just after it turned to gravel (Police didn't say why). Scrambled for a backup plan; we had been wanting to do Killam for awhile and so decided to head there despite the long drive. Ferry rides over were enjoyable and rather uneventful, except for multiple ATM's on the ferry and at Langdale malfunctioning for us (cash only for ride from Langdale to Gambier). Trail was in pretty good condition in general, few areas of deadfall, and easy to follow except for a few cases:
1) The infamous gravel pit branch point; the actual trail starts on the left side of the road just before the gravel pit. Easy to miss but we had a GPS track, so minimal searching. Couldn't find the sign that others had noted, but the entrance was flagged with quite a bit of white flagging. As we were getting onto Gambier, ran into a hiker who was leaving and said he searched around all morning for the trail at that point and turned around when he got frustrated.
2) Logging slash right after the gravel pit branch point has quite a few logs and debris on the flagged trail which took quite a bit of time climbing under/over. On the way back, we just short-cutted through the logged field rather than sticking right to the trail and felt like it cut some time and took less effort.
Lots of water in Whispering Creek when we crossed, so we filled up of our water bottles there. Quite a few little creeks up higher too, but would probably be unreliable soon when it heats up. Bit of a slog up with overnight packs, but totally worth it. Found a nice spot just at/above the viewpoint, pretty amazing views of Howe Sound Crest peaks, islands in Howe Sound and city of Vancouver as the sun set.
We wanted to relax, get a fire going and enjoy dinner, so saved the extra little jaunt to the peak for the morning. Not much to write home about at the peak. Previous reports I saw showed a summit register in the cairn but there didn't seem to be one there any more. Trip back down to the dock was much quicker than the way up. Ran into the trail demon; he seemed to be squinting a bit, so I tried to help him out. Relaxing trip back to Langdale and then Horseshoe Bay. Side note: Wheatberries Bakery at the Langdale terminal is awesome if you're looking for a good meal, dessert or coffee.
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