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Queest Mountain

Sicamous & Area
Distance: Various
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Duration: 2+ Hours (one way)
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Mountain Biking

Trail Description:

Superb views, alpine meadows, avalanche slopes, wildflowers, and Forest Service camp site. Full day or overnight stay. See descriptions below for good parking locations to start your journey. Once up to South Queest Rec Site and Forestry tower, the track through the alpine can be followed to North Queest summit with plenty to explore. But be prepared, this is remote alpine wilderness requiring experience, preparation, and navigation skills.

Access:

From Sicamous: On Hwy 1, just east of the Hwy 97A junction, turn north onto the Solsqua- Sicamous Rd. Travel approx. 1.4 km over the bridge and the railroad tracks to the start of the #1800 Queest Mountain Forest Service Rd on the left/north side. Stay on this main road until just past the 14 km marker where there is a parking area and trail map to the right. A good place for cross country Mountain Bikers to start. The Snowmobile Club’s chalet is approx 12 km from this point. The road to the old forest lookout is deactivated but accessible to 4wd vehicles. There is also a logging road at the 17 km, marker on the #1800 Forest Service Rd that accesses the area.

From Malakwa: Travel 17 km east of Sicamous on Hwy 1 and turn left/north onto Malakwa Rd just past the Malakwa Cafe. Follow this road for approx. 1.5 km until it meets the railroad tracks. Turn left on Summerville Husted Rd, crossing the tracks and curving right, then left across the Eagle River bridge. Continue straight onto the deactivated Queest Mountain Forest Service Rd directly ahead (Mizon Rd is on the right.) Driving a 4wd vehicle with good clearance, follow the road to the right, staying on the main road for 10.5 km straight through the next two junctions. The landing at this point is a good place to park. There is a road to the right, but hikers should go straight ahead. Very shortly, a branch goes left. You want to stay on the old track to the right, climbing up past an obvious slide area. At the ridge saddle, follow the track left toward the communication towers and to the Queest Recreation site.

Access Map: From Sicamous, From Malakwa (Gap in road at end point, continue straight following this road)

Warnings:

CAUTION: These logging roads can be rough and may be actively used by logging trucks. Be well prepared, as this is remote backcountry with grizzly habitat.

June 26, 2014: in Malakwa,  at the entrance to the gravel road to Queest,  there is now a sign saying the FSR to Queest is closed at the one kilometer mark.

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