Little Onion Mountain/Astlais Mountain

So Hannah and I went on an adventure yesterday. We decided to go up the Onion mountain. I have hiked up here as a kid but the last few years ive snow mobiled this sections in the winter. We decided we we’re just going to do the little onion mountain because of the heat plus no air movement turns into the hottest hike i have done this year. This hike is steep all the way. you follow old roads up the mountain and there’s lots of signs so you dont get lost. The views from Little Onion are amazing,you can see across the Bulkley Valley in every direction. after a short lunch break we decided to keep exploring some old roads cause we wanted to see if we could get to the part of the onion where you can see the scored marks from the road where they had mined in the past.We found out its another Onion trail, there are 2 ways you can go up.The way went went its where the Smithers Snowmoblie Assc has their parking lot. So the junction we were at is called Astlais Mountain Pass trail (Onion Mountain) this part of the trail wasn’t bad however we ended up at another fork in road one goes down and one goes up. The Astlais pass to join up with the other onion trail is the one that goes down. However Hannah and I are both pretty stubborn so we went up. IT was steep and beautiful, the rocks changed color from pale orange to dark orange. The road was covered in loose rocks which we swore we were going to be sliding down on our butts. It was rough and hot and we made it to the top at 2:15. We ended up cutting thru the two peaks of the Astlais mnt and after another short break we started wandering around the top so we could look down into Ganokwa Basin. The views from up here were stunning, you can see the Babine mountain range all the way to the summit of Mccabe trail. 360 degree views. You could even seen Nadina Mountain in Houston. This hike took us about 6 hours and was about 7km one way.

Directions:

Drive east from Smithers on hwy 16, cross the Bulkley river bridge and immediately turn left to Old Babine Lake road. Follow the road 25km to the snowmobile parking area on your left. Start hike at 3300ft level going up the old road climbing steeply to a gate at 1.5km.

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