The hike to the summit of Volacano Ridge was a favourite 12 km round trip from Volcano Ridge Trailhead. However, the closure of the road at Gorge Creek Trailhead has forced hikers to consider two direct lines to the top. Both routes are about 7.2 km from the trailhead and can be combined to make a 15.4 km return hike (see map).
From Gorge Creek parking follow Gorge Creek Trail for 1.1 km to a junction just up from the bridge. Go straight on Gorge Link Trail, crossing a couple of creeks, to the junction with Volcano Ridge Trail. From here there are two alternatives:
1. South Volcano Ridge is a lightly treed ridge with no deadfall and a developing trail that leads to an open knoll with great views. It starts about 10 m to the right of the trail sign along Gorge Link Trail. Head left for a short distance before swinging right and climbing steadily onto the ridge. From the knoll, drop down grassy slopes on the east side or scramble down talus on the west side to reach a small cairn on Link Trail. Cut across to join the original track up to Volcano Ridge which is followed to the top.
2. The western route follows Volcano Ridge trail to the junction with Link Trail. There is no trail from here to Volcano Ridge so you will have to pick your way across a small creek and follow generally open ground to the top. One group reports that “we went up Link Trail for a short distance, then cut across the west end of the big meadow (bog).”
Map revised 19th July, 2010 to show re-routed Link Creek Trail.