Apex Mountain

elevation: 2,247 m.
height gain: 350 m.
area: Penticton,BC
map 82 E/5

From Penticton, find Green Mountain Road then turn on Apex Mountain Road. Just passed the resort, turn right on Hedley Nickel Plate Road and continue to the Nordic ski trails at the 18-kilometer marker. Our trek started on Winters Creek Road. We made our way to Eagle's Nest Trail and at the far end of Upper Meadow Loop, 871732, we beelined towards Apex Mountain's north-west ridge. The ridge grants a pleasant walk to the summit. We descended the south-west slopes to a service road that brought us back onto Winters Creek Road.
Note: Hiking within the boundaries of the ski resort is prohibited.

winters creek road

We started our hike on Winters Creek Road.
Hike: RT 5.5; 2.5 up. This objective is short and sweet, which is exactly what we needed to allow a late start and driving back home at a reasonable time. This was our second objective this weekend, we didn't mind that it was an easy walk. Although the weather wasn't stellar, it didn't rain and firm snow granted pleasant travel. Following Nordic ski trails simplified this outing; with minimal effort, we gained the ridge with the summit in sight. The ridge walk is delightful but far too short. Once at the top, we took shelter next to a building where we stayed for quite some time. From there, we had a good view of Cathedral Provincial Park and Snowy Mountain Protected Area; Milan expressed his wish to ascend Snowy Mountain next. We decided to do a loop and return a different way, this worked out nicely. This casual hike was enjoyable, we even got to soak in a bit of sunshine when we arrived at the truck!

searching for the ski trail

Searching for the ski trails that veer towards our objective.

trail map

Nickel Plate Nordic Center trail map.

firm snow

The snow is firm on the Nordic ski trails.

beelining towards apex

Beelining towards Apex Mountain's north-west ridge.

beaconsfield mountain

Looking back at Apex Mountain Ski Resort (Beaconsfield Mountain).

short distance on a road

Travelling a short distance on a service road.

summit comes into view

The summit comes into view.

easy travel

Easy travel.

old mining roads

The northern aspect is scarred with mining roads.

view north

Sheep Rock and Mount Brent to the north, beyond the ski hill.

cathedral park

Cathedral Provincial Park skirts the US border.

nickel plate mine

Nickel Plate Mine stands out west of us.

pleasant ridge walk

This pleasant ridge walk is way too short.

grasses to snow

From grasses to snow drifts.

summit ahead

A stone's throw away.

taking shelter

Taking shelter from the wind.

snowy mountain

Snowy Mountain Protected Area to the south.

baldy mountain

South-east of us is Baldy Mountain.

leaving the top

Leaving the top.

looking back

Looking back.

descent to cutblock

Handrailing a fence down to the cutblock.

heading to the service road

Heading to the service road.
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