moderate alpine hike, broken rock/meadows
||12.0 km (return)
||Linear - Return
To access this site, head out of McBride East on Highway 16 to Mountainview Road. Turn left onto Mountainview road and follow along for less than 1 km, then right onto Rainbow Road, which then becomes Teare Mountain Road. Drive up Teare Mountain road for approximately 30 minutes. Please note that Teare Mountain road is very steep, narrow and windy, with tight switchbacks. This road should not be attempted with motorhomes or trailers. Four-wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended.
directions courtesy http://www.mcbridecommunityforest.com/index.php?page=recreation
don't be confused, the road up to the trailhead on mcbride peak is called teare mountain road.
i don't know why, go figure.
a great overnight hike that can be done in a day, if you are fit, and acclimatized to the 5000+ ft elevation.
although the start and peak elevations are close in number, you will gain and lose and gain again over 1000 feet in elevation.
water is an issue here, and is best found in one of the alpine lakes within walking distance of the meadow. you might have a snow pack nearby if you're lucky. bring your filter/pump.
this is grizzly and wolf country, so be aware, be smart.
from the cairn on the slopes of mcbride peak (past the old lookout) simple routefinding skills are needed to choose the best descent path to the meadow.
DO NOT SHORTCUT TO THE RIGHT WHEN LEAVING THE LOOKOUT
it only LOOKS like it's a good idea.
this error will end with a fall off a hundreds foot high crumbling shale cliff, or at least leave you cursing as you fight through 2 metre tall alpine scrub.
stay on the trail til you reach the cairn. a faint trail will lead you on past a small lake and over to the meadow access at the second ridge past the cairn (far side of the lake) giving the best view of where you want to go.
from the meadow, teare mountain's peak is easily accessed within 45 minutes by hiking up and to the right of the long rock face. (far right of the fourth picture)
return is by the same route.
see the picture details for more.
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