Mount Prevost

This peak was on my list for a long time. It’s the big mound that towers over the town of Duncan and just screams for me to be on top of it. I’m so weak when mountains call to me.

I honestly and truly thought that this mountain would have a pretty trash view since it’s above a town, but I wanted to do it just because of the look of the mountain from the highway.

You can hike either side of Mount Prevost, and you can actually, unfortunately, drive to a point that is quite close to the top. I did not know this and wouldn’t have driven up anyways, it sort of takes the glory out of it, you know? So one side of the mountain has the road and also has many mountain bike trails. This side apparently can be convoluted to follow since there’s so many intersecting trails from the mountain bike routes. We entered from the “Drinkwater” entrance which has very few offshoot trails so it is super easy to follow without checking your map.

At the start of this trail you park near a recycling facility in a very industrial part of the town and start an obviously well-worn path. Unfortunately this section is full of litter. It felt a little sketchy too, to be honest. There was more crows than you could even imagine and they were all going ape-shit. Cawing all over the place. It was incredibly eerie. Ann even said it’s the part in the horror movie when the people are so unsuspecting and happy and you know they’re walking to their death, that’s what it felt like.

Fortunately, the crows eventually ceased and the trail cleaned up. For a good chunk of this trail you’ll be alongside a creek which is really quite nice. You can pop down to it in a few spots to look at it. If you keep your eyes peeled you will see the birdhouse tree (we didn’t see it on the way in, we saw it on the way out), a beautiful Inukshuk, and some really fun painted rock trail markers.

The trail is really lush and green in spring when we went. There’s a lot of stinging nettle so be aware of that. It doesn’t feel great when you get stung by it, however, if your joints are sore on the way down it actually can be helpful to sting your joints to cause a reaction within those joints to help with the pain. Little trick there.

You’ll come to a few old dirt roads, don’t follow the road, the trail is on the other side just look out for the trail marking tags. This trail is very well marked. Which I appreciate about it. Once you pass the third road you’re going to get to the really steep section. The whole thing is a general upwards direction, but then you’ll get to the grind. It’s switchbacks on a pretty solid angle through the woods. You’ll pass by some huge boulders that are pretty magical, look for the oddly square one that stumped us.

There are a few spots that we had to check our map to ensure we were going the right way in this area, one of which we could clearly see the tape but wished it was the flatter route so much that we double checked our map. Yep, the tape was right.

You’ll come to a bucket (hopefully someone has removed it by the time you get there) and you’ll turn left towards a rope section. It looks a bit sketchy but when we went it was very secure and not nearly as difficult as it looks at first glance.

Suddenly the trees will open up and you’ll be in a meadowy, alpine-like area where you can start to see the view. The view is stunning, but it gets even better you just wait. There’s one large standalone boulder we couldn’t help ourselves but to climb on “to get a better view” because that’s who we are. 10/10 the view doesn’t change by the few feet.

Continue walking and you’ll see that the summit is across a valley. Don’t panic, it’s not actually that far from where you’re at. You’re going to snake a little bit to the left where you’ll find a super wide rocky trail, then you’ll make your way down to a parking lot. Sigh. Cross the parking lot and go to the pink trail marker. There are 3 trail markers, I don’t know where the other ones go but we took the pink one up and it worked so I will suggest that one.

It’s a bit clamber-y for the beginning of this but then it turns back into a normal trail. You’ll pass a weird ass face in the rock which probably matches your face when you catch the whole view. From this spot you can see across to the view point you were standing at when you thought “oh my god, that’s the top?”

You’ll then be at the actual top of Mount Prevost and my god, the view is magnificent. We spent about an hour and a half at the top just soaking in the view, looking at Mount Tzouhalem across the way and realizing what a tiny hill that was. In this photo below Mount Tzouhalem is the little hump on the far left.

If you continue past the initial viewpoint you’ll come to a large war memorial pillar as well as a few grave markers or memoirs of lost loved ones. You’ll also see some more exceptional rocky outcroppings that you can walk out on and test your bravery.

From here you can continue on to loop around back to the trail, however, we decided to turn around and go back from here. From my car to my car it was just over 12.5km

This trail is quite accessible for most fitness levels, timing will just be different for everyone. It’s pretty steep and has some loose gravel for some parts that I know some people could be quite uncomfortable with but it’s a good one to challenge yourself if you think your fitness level isn’t very high. We saw a handful of people on the trail well into their years (probably in their 60’s) and they were doing great.

I have to say I’m really glad I did this trail and while some people will skip out on hikes where you can drive to the top, the whole trail was rewarding. The lush forest, the river, the little treats on the trail, the large rocks, the rope, it was all very exciting and fun. I would do this hike again and I would recommend it to anyone who was interested.

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