Distance 12.4 km return, height gain 720 m, moderately strenuous
The first main summit of Commonwealth Ridge is a fabulous viewpoint stretching around from Mount Smutts and The Fist, across the end of Spray Lakes to Engadine, The Tower, Galatea and Chester, and then on to mounts Murray, Smith-Dorrian, French, Robertson and Sir Douglas.
Start: Hwy. 742 (Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail). Turn west onto Mt. Shark Road. In 1 km turn left onto a side road and park a little way in.
A challenging trail involving good routefinding, bushwhacking and easy scrambling up a narrow, sometimes exposed ridge. See blog
There are two alternative routes onto the ridge:
1. Bushwhack up the NW ridge from Commonwealth Lake trail at the highpoint shortly before the lake. Cairn.
2. A more direct route up the north ridge flagged through the old cutblock from the 4-way junction to the mature timber. Then a narrow trail directly up the ridge to the junction with route 1.
If you don't mind some marshy paddling you can use a shortcut from the highway. See map.
To get to the slightly higher south top involves a descent followed by more scrambling.
- The highest peak is Sir Douglas. The second top is on the right.
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
This trail is not featured in any of our guidebooks
Trail start: short cut 50.82067N, -115.32983W
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Last updated Jun 3, 2018