Mount Rexford

Climbers access trail to the bowl below the Nesakwatch Spires


Total Distance: 6.0 km (return)
Estimated Time: 5 hours
Average Grade: 33.0%
Structure: Linear - Return
Elevation Gain: 990 m
Start Elevation: 850 m
Max Elevation: 1840 m


Drive as much of the Nesakwatch FSR as you can and hike the rest. 7.7 km from the Chilliwack Lake Road, take a spur on the left and park immediately as it is quite overgrown.


Hike up the logging spur to the first switchback and after switching back, look for flagging tape on the uphill side in about 150m. Follow the flagged trail steeply uphill through the regrowing cutblock to the southeast corner of the cutblock. Hike steeply up through forest, cross a major gully (only water source for much of the year) and continue up through more steep forest until you come out at the base of a vertical rock wall. Follow the trail upwards along the base of this wall until you reach a boulder-filled bowl below North Nesakwatch Spire. The trail is hard to find at times here but crosses the bowl southwards via boulderhopping and climbs to the shoulder to the south, which is crossed to the upper boulder bowl and potential campsites on snow or flat rocks below the South Nesakwatch Spire.

As of July 2008, the trail through the old cutblock is becoming overgrown. Flagging tape marks the correct route, but can be easy to miss. When you come to a large fallen tree, about 15 or 20 minutes into the hike, walk on top of it to the east to pick up the trail again. Once into the forest, the trail is easier to follow, with a couple of fallen logs to detour around.


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