The climbing community has now been granted access to the alpine routes on Hulme/Topaz via Topaz Creek FSR across Darkwoods land. With considerable assistance from the KMC and Hamish Mutch, we have been granted free and unfettered access up Topaz Creek from when the snow is gone until the end of August each year (when non-motorized hunting starts, and the gate will be locked). The only condition is that you must get a permit from Darkwoods before driving Topaz Creek. A permit is issued for one summer season, so you only need to get one a year.
Currently, the new permitting process is not setup, so until July 18, 2011 you can drive the Topaz road without a permit. After that you will need a permit. Please get one before going: will establish usage by climbers, and failure to do so will risk closure of the road permanently.
The process to get a permit is:
1. Call Darkwoods (Jennifer) at 250-825-4343 and request a permit for Topaz Creek. If she does not answer, you may leave a message requesting a permit - request the permit to be sent my fax or email. You may also request a permit by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Once you have the permit, fill it out, and fax it to Darkwoods or scan/photograph it email it to Jennifer at email@example.com.
3. You must carry the permit on your person whenever you are in Darkwoods.