Mount Beattie

Mount Beattie is a forested snowshoe route near Whitewater Ski Resort. It’s an alpine winter wonderland with deep snow and frosted trees. 

Summary
Trailhead: Whitewater Ski Hill Road
Distance, round trip: 7.92km
Elevation: +505m
Difficulty:  Moderate
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Trailhead and Driving Directions

Drive 6.9km up Whitewater Ski Hill Road to park at Hummingbird Pass (before the main ski resort area). The road will widen with a large pull-out on the left for parking.

Heading down from the road, you’ll pick up a trail leading right. Follow it down to the kiosk and review the important safety information, including the map of avalanche terrain and landmarks. 

Safety
Avalanche – the Mount Beattie route stays within Simple avalanche terrain; however, you could easily wander into more hazardous terrain if you start following the wrong track.  It is recommended to bring a beacon, shovel, and probe and to have completed Avalanche Safety Training if you’re travelling in the Hummingbird Pass area.

Navigation– it can be easy to lose landmarks on this forested route or follow the wrong track. Backcountry users often need rescue in the Hummingbird Pass area. If you’re not confident with navigating this route, do not attempt.

Review the safety information at the kiosk

Above Hummingbird Pass

The route that you’ll follow traces an old mining road and climbs above the right of Hummingbird Pass. This area is popular with backcountry skiers so there will be several tracks to follow – make sure you’re on the right one!

Snowshoeing up above Hummingbird Pass

As the route contours above Hummingbird Pass, the track should start wrapping around to the right. You’ll be passing above the remains of an old mining site with tailing piles buried under deep snow. Around this area, a track may break-away and start heading up the slope to the right – this is an alternative route to reach White Queen.

Up the track

Through the forest

The track will start weaving between the trees of a gently-sloped forest, heading north-east beneath the flank of White Queen.

Curly-whirly winter trees bent with snow

It’s a slow climb towards Beattie and there aren’t clear landmarks in this area. The trees, however, are spectacular! The little trees curl up like fiddleheads under the weight of snow. The big trees are completely frosted, with crystal-coated needles and heavy branches.

Nearing the summit of Beattie

The summit

Depending on which track you follow, you might head directly to Mount Beattie’s summit or get onto the ridge on either side. We headed to the eastern ridge on the way up and had to follow the ridge-line to reach the summit.

Mount Beattie’s summit is a treed bump with a small sign “Mount Beattie” mounted high on a tree. 

For a view, you can walk down to an overlook of the Five Mile Creek valley.

Viewpoint on Mount Beattie

We reached the summit after about 2.5 hours of snowshoeing. There was an established track to follow which made the trek easier. It would be challenging to break trail in fresh powder all this way!

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[…] first 2km will follow the same track as the Mount Beattie route. Leaving the trailhead, pass through the chain-link fence and begin following tracks that lead […]

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The uptracks vary after each snowfall and may lead to Beattie, South Beattie or North Beattie…