SUMMARY: The trail takes along the abandoned logging road. There are a few sections that are confusing and easy to lose the trail. 1- Some water over flow section at the road; just keep going straight. 2- when the old logging road seeems to end. Actually here swing to the right instead of going straight. Old road trace and trail can be found along here. 3-Then you hit the creek. Cross this creek and see the flagging under the forest going up the valley on the other side. 4-This good nice trail on the ridge near the creek goes for a while then there is another flagging to turn off. 5- There are flagging on straight and turing to right both but turn right here. Cross two adjacent creeks. After the second creek follow the creek bed on the right and ascend. 6-Soon there would be a flagging to lead on to the low ridge following the creek on the right. If the ridge is fully treed and more then 10m high you missed the flag. 7- Then the faint trail goes in zig-zag up to a nice alpine bowl looking up the Tet peak. From here aim the col on slight right between main Tet peak and sub peak on the left. 8-Once reached the col go slightly behind to ascend bushy west ridge to the peak. Use krummholz for safe grip. Cross the steep bare rock field at mid point on this peak west ridge to left. Keep using krummholz to reach the peak. create
Sep 13, 2009
A big portion of the trail is on an abundant logging road. It is overgrown and it has not been maintained for a long time. I had even doubt that we were following the right way and we took a detour up hoping that we would hit a proper trail. There are many spider webs on the trail. They literally became our trail markers. The trail conditions slightly improves when the steep section starts but this is when we decided to turn back as we were short in time. I estimated we still needed 3 more hours to get to the peak.
Rainy Creek logging road is absolutely rough. I did it before by 2x car last year but I don't know how I managed that. Fortunately today, we had a car with high clearance.
On the way back, we checked out McNair Creek logging road and it seemed that it was doable by 4x4. I believe this provides a better access point. Another idea is from Mount Steele trailhead.
Our whole trip took 7 hours. I wouldn't recommend the trail that we did to anyone.