Mount Benson (British Columbia) weather
– Lat/Long: 49.15° N 124.05° W

Mount Benson (British Columbia)

Mount Benson (British Columbia) Climbing Notes

  • November 22, 2013
    Rod Szasz from Canada

    Summit has about 6 inches of snow. Some dusting below and begins about 700 metres where the trail first passes the old logging road. Trail is still relatively fast. Drifts in some places b/c of the winds. Good bivvying weather on the summit -clear cold - but temps are set to rise.

  • November 22, 2013
    Haig from Canada

    Remember November-April is the season where the island gets lots of wet Pacific frontal systems. Mount Benson can get some very heavy snow near the summit in these months.

    The Temperature is often about 6 degrees colder at 1000 meters then the Temperature down in the city

    If the temperature is 6 degrees and raining down in Nanaimo suspect it to be snowing on Mount Benson Summit.

    Remember to bring a flashlight people. in history have been stuck up there past sunset start your hike as early as possible the better.

    Bring snowshoes you can not tell how much snow there is by just looking up at the mountain form down in Nanaimo.

    Many is the time where I seen waste deep snow and if you do not have snowshoes its very hard to walk in.

    I always keep a pair of them strap onto my back pack you never know when you need to put them on.

  • July 18, 2013
    Rod Szasz from Canada

    Trail crews have been in and cleared most of the windfalls from the trail. Best season to run the trails.

  • May 27, 2013
    Rod Szasz from Canada

    All snow now melted from the North side of the mountain. Significant windfalls and broken trees especially across the areas where the road/trail goes into the lake/slough for access to the "climbers route." Much more than on a normal year.

  • April 09, 2013
    Rod Szasz from Canada

    Up to two metres of snow on the trail starting at about 700 metres. Northern exposures are still frozen and icy in daytime. Did it in runners, but slow on the icy sections. Trail into the lake/slough, has a lot of snow. Best done with Yaktracks.

  • February 14, 2013
    Rod Szasz from Canada

    Light drizzle, snow consolidated, about 1.5 metres on summit. Summit will now be mostly unfrozen during day and freezing a night. Trail in good condition with trace in place. No snowshoes required. Dress appropriately, no cotton - wet & cold conditions make it perfect hypothermia weather.

  • November 03, 2012
    Haig from Canada

    Hiking Mount Benson is moderately strenuous with scrambling and in some cases. Rope climbing is required on some of the trails. The whole hike takes between 3 to 6 hours depending on the person. You will encounter Steep Trails. Logging roads, Clear cuts, Ridges, and Lookout/Viewpoint areas.

    Please remember to dress for the weather and bring lots of water.

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