The Ragged Red Ridge Route
Posted on: June 3, 2018 8:49 am
by: Doug Smith
The Ragged Red Ridge Route is not a designated trail in Lac du Bois Protected Area. The official trail from the Dewdrop Range to the rim of the Red Plateau Escarpment is the 3.75 km (one way) climb to Red Plateau. The Ragged Red Ridge is a parallel route that goes straight up the 410 m (1345 ft.) climb in half that distance. The ridge is fairly barren and rocky and there are a number of obstacles to go around or over. There is no trail, but there is a faint game trail on the top of the ridge and there are good scramble routes past all of the obstacles.
For the steep part, we climbed the 550m vertical metres (1800 feet) in 1.6 km in just over an hour. The slope gradient averaged about 30%. It was a hot day and there is little shade until we linked to the dewdrop Trail on top. We hiked down the established trail back to the parking area in an hour and a half.
Near the bottom, we ran into a large Western Basin gopher snake. This is the largest snake species in B.C. It is a non-poisonous constrictor that mostly feeds on rodents. It slithered across the trail and coiled up under a log. It was about 4 feet long.
We left the rocky, ragged volcanic world of the Ragged Red Ridge and we then followed the Dewdrop Trail through the forest and down the parallel ridge route to the east, a longer, but easier route. The Ragged Red Ridge Route is only about 7km, but progress is slow going up, so the loop route took 3.5 hours (including lunch and other breaks).