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Mt. Elphinstone area above Gibsons

Dec. 5, 2011, 3:15 p.m.
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Can anyone tell me if this site is road accessible by a 4runner size 4x4 (in late spring and summer)?

49.447581° N


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Looking at it from Google Earth, there appears to be a logging road, but the satellite photo is definitely not high-res enough to tell if it is in decent condition or not.

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Dec. 5, 2011, 3:39 p.m.
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three years ago I had my Jeep Patriot a little bit past the gravel pit you can see near the start of the branch. After that it got a little more serious with ditches and steeps. A 4 runner might make it, but it'll interesting for sure. It's not a paved gravel road.

Dec. 5, 2011, 5:02 p.m.
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It is.. but it is prettty intense. def need ground clearance

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Dec. 5, 2011, 5:09 p.m.
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If you want to get to that actual waypoint, it would be better to drive to the end of branch 2 road off the b[HTML_REMOVED]k. Hike up the west ridge trail and go straight where you would normally turn to ride red baron/7-up etc. It should spit you out right on the "road" just below your waypoint. The road is an offshoot of jackson bros. road, but is super overgrown, and there is a washout in that particular area. ideally a trials bike would be your friend, but you will still be at the mercy of the alder on the roads.

I guess you could drive up jackson bros. rd, but you would still be hiking the last half, as even getting to pacifier would be an acomplishment driving something you remotely cared about.

Because it is that time of year, it is a wicked snowshoe up there. I think you could make it to your waypoint in about an hour from the end of branch 2.

Dec. 5, 2011, 6:44 p.m.
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was up there in september and i would say no

, however, notice the black guys pants don't leave much to the imajination.

Dec. 5, 2011, 6:45 p.m.
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but too drive up to the quarry half way up its only a half hour hike……

, however, notice the black guys pants don't leave much to the imajination.

Dec. 5, 2011, 7:32 p.m.
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4runner might be to long, when we used to build up there we often drove up in a samurai and it was tight in places

Dec. 6, 2011, 7:11 a.m.
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Yes you can get about 2/3s of the way to the top. You can drive to the lower look out, leaving only about a 10 min hike to the top. Beyond that look out you are going to need a far from stock truck. I dove it with my stock toyota on the last day before it snowed up there. All good, but its been hammered with snow.

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