Mount St. Benedict

Steep trail leading past McKay Lake before looping around to the summit with great views.

Statistics

From Main Trailhead

Total Distance: 15.0 km (return)
Estimated Time: 7 hours
Average Grade: 13.7%
Structure: Linear - Return
Elevation Gain: 1028 m
Start Elevation: 250 m
Max Elevation: 1278 m

From Upper Trailhead

Total Distance: 7.0 km (return)
Estimated Time: 5 hours
Average Grade: 17.1%
Structure: Linear - Return
Elevation Gain: 598 m
Start Elevation: 680 m
Max Elevation: 1278 m

Directions

For Main Trailhead:

Heading East on Lougheed Highway past mission turn left on Sylvester Road. Keep following this road straight and you will come to the end of the paved road. From here the road is known as Lost Creek FSR. Follow this road 2.4 km keeping left at forks in the road. When you arrive at the first bridge cross it and park on the west side of the road (should be your left). Ignore the quad track near the parking area and walk back (south) across the bridge - the trailhead is on the east side of the road 10-15 m from the bridge. The trail is marked with orange diamonds.

For Upper Trailhead:

The directions are the same up until the pavement ends. From here head up Lost Creek FSR for .9km turning right on Lost Murdo Creek FSR (4x4 access only). This can be followed all the way to the Waterfall at 2.5km.

Details

Main Trailhead:

The trail starts out in the forest and heads up the hill. You will meet back up with an FSR (Lost Murdo FSR) and turn left. Following up the FSR you will stay left and ignore the two turnoffs to the right. Less than one hour on the FSR you will arrive at the marked trail head on the right hand side of the road. Take this trail up past McKay Lake and up to the Peak.

Upper Trailhead:

Parking at or near the waterfall head up the FSR. From here you will look for the Trailhead that is located on the right hand side of the FSR.

Photographs

GPS Waypoints

Upper Trailhead N49.30895 W122.22099 10U 556625 5462093
KcKay Lake N49.30721 W122.20738 10U 557617 5461910
Creek Crossing N49.30716 W122.20394 10U 557867 5461907
Pond N49.30200 W122.20120 10U 558072 5461335
Summit N49.30139 W122.20315 10U 557931 5461266