Sunday, August 11, 2013


 One of my goals for my summer vacation in BC, was to climb 
Idaho Peak. This peak is 7,457 feet elevation, and gives a panoramic views of the Selkirk, Columbia, Slocan, Kokanee, and the Inter-mountain West mountain ranges. "The hardest part of the journey is the 17km/10mi drive up an old gravel road from the village of Sandon. The road is narrow, steep and bumpy, but can be navigated in a high-clearance two-wheel-drive vehicle."  So it was only fitting that I do this in my off road all-wheel-drive-low-clearance Prius.  

The historic "village of Sandon" is a ghost town. At one time it boasted a population of 10,000 and was a prime mining community. Now it it a surreal graveyard for a fleet of trolley buses. But no sooner out of this thriving metropolis, the road began to climb, narrow and washboard.  Bumped along for miles and finally reached the parking lot.  The summit is an easy climb of about a mile with minimal huffing and puffing.

The wildflowers were in full bloom everywhere. 

At the top, the views are amazing. New Denver and Slocan Lake is below you, and mountain peaks are all around.An interpretation sign names all the peaks.

Breathtaking views to say the least!!

Looking down at the town of New Denver on Slocan Lake

Trail to the top

The 3 Musketeers

"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain. . .  Wash your spirit clean." --John Muir--

“You never know what's around the corner. 
It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. 
You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain.”