Green Mountain: A Fall Hike Near Nanaimo

–submitted by Matthew Lettington, originally published on

On October 14th, I led a small group of Island Mountain Ramblers on a relaxed hike to Green Mountain. Octavia (25 months old) and Hemingway (5 years old) came with us to enjoy the day, and they were the primary reason for the pace. The weather was perfect. The frost from the evening before still lingered in the shadows, but the sun warmed the open terrain, illuminating the spectrum of colours around us, and the valley surrounding the mountain.

Octavia, stomping her way to the summit
Release the beast

The brilliant reds, yellows, and purples of leaves dangling from branches created a rich tapestry on the hills around us. The large field of bracket ferns had already died, yet their brown corpses still stood tall, dried by the sun, and as we walked through them their feathery fronds brushed against us. The bright colours of the fall were contrasted by the stark green of the evergreens that dotted the route.

Total Distance: 5.2 km
Starting Elevation: 1085 m
Maximum Elevation: 1464 m
Total Elevation Gain: 378 m
Total Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes

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Excerpts from Timberline Tales Number 2 January 1966 — Unnamed Peak South of Green Mountain, Elev. 4900′ February 28

— Originally published January 2, 1966   
A note about the transcription: Careful attention has been given to the original text. Though difficult to read at times, I have preserved the original text, including any evident typos. 

Unnamed Peak South of Green Mountain, Elev. 4900′ February 28 [1965]

Due to the softness of the snow, the destination of the hike was changed to the ridge South of the Green Mountain Chalet. Cars were driven up the snow covered road to about 100 yards below the parking lot for Green Mountain skiers. From here the group walked up to the skit tow, where Ellen Ware left us to spend the day skiing. From this point, we headed southerly through the trees with different members taking turns breaking trail in up to three feet of powdery snow. Lunch was eaten on the south slope, which afforded us a view of the unnamed peak, which we had originally planned to climb. The snow fell occasionally as we wallowed on to the summit of the southern ridge of Green Mountain, from where we retraced our steps, returning to the cars around 4 o’clock.

[members names omitted for privacy reasons]