Beaufort Crest Route (in progress)

New logoThis Beaufort Range section includes both private forest lands and two parcels of Crown land surrounded by the private lands.  VITA is currently working on a co-operative agreement with private land owners to allow the Trail to traverse their lands.

There is a fairly well-known route along the crest of the Beaufort Range which has been lightly used probably for several decades.  A search of the web will yield substantial information about the route.

The route is mostly at moderately high elevations (1000 – 1400 metres) through a mosaic of subalpine forest communities.  This includes semi-open mountain hemlock ‘parkland’, characterized by patches of forest interspersed with heath (heather communities); more or less open rock along some of the ridge crest, and some closed mountain hemlock forest, often with substantial brush/shrub cover.  The route is often quite well-defined through the heaths, not well-defined but easy to follow on open rock ridges, but can be difficult to follow where the crest widens out and supports a brushy subalpine forest.  Hikers should be aware of and prepared for white-out conditions in fog and low cloud that is common along the crest even when clear, sunny conditions prevail at lower elevations.

The proposed route (from south to north) starts on the Log Train Trail, then with with a climb up the steep,western slopes of the Beauforts.  Several routes are feasible but the favored route utilizes logging roads from near the McLean Mill Historic Site and then rough trail up to just north of Mt. Irwin.  Northwards from Mt. Irwin, the route is more or less along the height of land past the summits of Mt. Hal, Mt. Joan, the Squarehead, Mt. Apps, Mt. Cameron, Mt. Henry Spencer, Mt. Stubbs and Tsable Mtn, thence along the flank of Mt. Chief Frank to Mt. Clifton.  The route continues along the ridge-line from Clifton and a trail has been roughed-in to and around Tsable Lake.  The Tsable Lake Trail involves a combination of rough trail and old logging roads that descend to a crossing of the upper Trent River (not passable at moderate to high flows; usually easy to cross during the summer months).  From the Trent River to Cumberland, the hiker can follow various mountain biking/hiking trails that are managed pursuant to a land use agreement between private forest land owners, the Village of Cumberland and the United Riders of Cumberland.  The most direct route uses the Trent River Trail, Sphaghetti, Meatballs, Buckrub, Cabbage Patch and the 50:1 mountain bike trails.

Here is a gpx file for the Tsable Lake Trail:    Free Download