Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Augerpoint Views

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Jack Shark’s Augerpoint Trail climbs from 240 m elevation on the east side of Buttle Lake to subalpine tarns at 1410 m on the Augerpoint ridge. Although only about 4.5 km to the tarns, the trail is steep from the very start, with a couple of flat benches but also a couple of scree slopes. Our reward at the top after about 4-1/2 hrs of hiking was spectacular views to the north, west, & south, of Buttle Lake and the surrounding mountains.

Buttle Lake south with Nine Peaks on the left, Mt Myra in the centre

The white rock of Marble Meadows is striking from this vantage point.

Moon over Strathcona Park West: Golden Hinde, Morrison Spire, Marble Peak

The Golden Hinde, highest peak on Vancouver Island at 2200 m, is in the heart of the Park to the west.

The Golden Hinde with Alpine Tarns

Jack Shark was a long-time Comox District Mountaineering Club member who rebuilt the Augerpoint Trail after a forest fire 30 years ago burned the original trail.

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  1. This is one of my favorite trails in the park which I usually hike about 5 or 6 times a year and backpack along the ridgetop. If I’m in really good shape, I can make it to the alpine tarns in 3 hrs but the loose scree slope slows me down. Autumn colors are showing up already.

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