DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,855 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

over grown

scramble

snow

off trail

hiking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful hike. The views up in the Alpine are great and would have been much better if it wasn't for all the smoke and haze from all the wildfires.

We started our hike 4km away from the trailhead right by the bridge over Foley Creek where it turns on to airplane creek road, if you have a 4x4 you could get to the trailhead and save yourself an hour of hiking either way though.

The trail starts with about 45 minutes of hiking through an overgrown old road, luckily it's just overgrown with alders, grass and bushes, no stinging nettle or devil's club to pick your way through. After about 45 minutes you'll start heading down through the forest and you'll reach airplane Creek shortly after, it's a great place to fill your water bottles, you'll need it for the next part.

Shortly after Airplane Creek the steep section starts, and it's pretty steep. 50% grade in sections and you'll be going up it pretty much until you reach the Alpine meadows. If you have trekking poles definitely bring them for their hike, they'll really help for this section, especially going down.

After you're done with the steep part you'll enter the meadows and shortly after this is where the routefinding starts. Strangely enough the guide for this hike mentioned that there was not really any places to refill your water on this hike, but we came across 3 streams large enough to refill our bottles in the Alpine alone, I guess we just ended up taking a different route. Still probably not a bad idea to bring at least 3 litres for this hike.

We picked our way up Knight through the talus and finally made it to the peak at about 1:30, 5 and a half hours after we started the hike 11km below. The smoke to the north was thick as a cloud and to the south we could just barely make our Baker and Shukston through the haze. It’s certainly a beautiful hike and if you don’t mind a steep trail i’d definitely recommend it.