The best of West Coast scenery on this challenging but always rewarding trip to Mt Griffin (1517m) via Wilson Knob.
I don’t think there’s anywhere quite like the West Coast for rugged landscapes, lush vegetation, and entirely unpredictable weather! Not to mention gnarly terrain. We averaged about one kilometre per hour on this two-day trip to Mt Griffin over Wilson Knob, and we’re no slouches. But you will be rewarded by the very best West Coast landscapes, including rugged and heavily vegetated ridgelines stretching for miles, lumps of land looking like islands in a sea of cloud, and all kinds of handsome plants along the way.
A real classic and quite an adventure. You could do this as a very long day trip, but with plenty of scrambling and route finding required, one day will feel pretty rushed. I reckon take your tent and stay overnight to get the best experience. Track notes at the end.
Mt Griffin via Wilson Knob: The Scenery
A couple of shots from day 1 below were actually from day 2, when we had much better visibility.
Day 1 finished in low cloud with no visibility, but day 2 cleared early…
A complete change of colour scheme and landscape configuration on the summit. 🙂
We packed up our tent and set off back over Wilson Knob and into the forest…
The route is a very long feeling 14.2 km return, with 1650m of change in elevation. We averaged roughly one kilometre per hour, probably the slowest we’ve moved on a tramp, but it’s beautiful so you won’t mind taking your time.
There’s a marked track through the forest, then a wide cut track through thick scrub. After that you mostly find your own route on grass, but there are pink tape markers helping you through thicker sections of scrub. There are near vertical cliffs to the north and north-west, but you don’t really notice them due to the vegetation. Don’t forget and fall off!
There are multiple places requiring scrambling and route finding, including a full 50 vertical metre section in the forest, starting at about 625m. That was the longest forest scramble I’ve ever done, and was tricky to descend carrying full camping gear. Speaking of camping, we camped above the large tarn near point 1,221m.