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From Steven Song: In the middle of Strathcona Provincial Park of the central Vancouver Island sits a rugged and iconic massif – Golden Hinde, the highest peak on the entire island.
This status draws significant attention from everybody making Golden Hinde one of the most famed mountaineering objectives on the island.
Thankfully, the associated logistics including the expensive ferry rides had done its job keeping most tourists at bay as otherwise this fragile area could definitely not sustain the crowds.
If the weather cooperates (which is a very rare case in this part of the country), the summit offers unobstructed views of the entire Vancouver Island stretching out below, with Mt.
Waddington and the Pacific Ocean dominating the east and west horizons, respectively.
It’s that good… The standard route via SE Gullies isn’t particularly technical, but the approach involves a multi-day, contrived and extremely arduous cross-country trek from Arnica Lake over Phillips Ridge with massive amount of up-and-downs, on mostly unpleasant island terrain.