The first day follows the route to Bock's Lake
. You can spend an extra day at Bock's Lake if you want to explore the area.
From Bock's Lake, follow the route to the pass between Bock's Lake and the Duke River. The descent from the pass is not bad, as the loose talus actually helps you plunge step down. At the bottom of the pass, you will follow the valley out to the Duke River. The valley is fantastic walking on grassy flats that have been mowed by the resident sheep. There is an interesting array of rocks strewn about further down the valley.
When you reach the bush line, you can continue walking through the small bushes, as they are pretty easy to walk through. Eventually you will get into some higher bushes, at which point you can descend to your right (north) down to the creek below.
If water levels are low in the creek, you should be able to avoid crossing it multiple times. There are a couple of canyon sections which will require a little navigating, either on the sides of the creek bed, or above on the adjacent hillside.
Once you are through the canyons, the creek bed becomes very wide and you can follow it down to tree line. As soon as you reach tree line, you will be at the Duke River.
The Duke River is a very wide, braided river valley. You can follow it southeast on the river bed. You may be forced to cross it (or one of its many braids) if it meanders too close to the bank, depending on water levels.
After about 6.5 km, you will reach Dickson Creek, entering the Duke River from the east. If you want to camp here you can cross Dickson Creek and camp on the flat, open ground that is betwen Dickson Creek and the Duke River.
From here, you will be following Dickson Creek upstream all the way up the valley. Creek crossing shoes come in handy here, and you might want to leave them on, as you may have to cross Dickson Creek up to a dozen times.
Further upstream, three tributaries of the creek will come to form the main Dickson Creek, with beautiful rocky cliffs and hidden waterfalls. The easiest thing to do at this point is to climb up the hillside on your right (south). You may be forced to walk along side one of the creeks briefly before crossing it and getting up on the hillside again. When you are up on the hillside, it widens out but is a little convoluted with lakes and creeks. Aim to get close to the high shoulder to your left above Dickson Creek.
In the mountains up ahead and to the left is where the next pass is, the Right On Mountain pass. Continue climbing up the hillside. Eventually you can start sidehilling and descending down into the creek valley below. When you get to the creek bed and nearly reach the end, follow the left fork a bit further. You will reach yet another creek valley which runs down from the pass (on your left now). To climb to the pass, use the rightmost hillside.
Near the top of the pass you will have to scramble over a rocky section briefly. When you reach the top of Right On Mountain pass it will flatten out and become a small plateau. Walk across the plateau and look down the other side towards Congdon Creek.
The descent from Right On Mountain pass can look intimidating. It looks like a narrow, steep, gully and very high up. But don't worry, there is a gentle route down. Make your way down the gully until you can get back up on the hillside on your left (north). Follow the hillside downwards, staying just left of the gnarly rock formations.
At the end of the hillside, there is a narrow ramp that angles gently down to the creek below. Follow the ramp down. At the end of the ramp, follow the creek down until you reach the confluence with Congdon Creek.
At the confluence of Congdon Creek, you can look for a flat section to camp on, although there is not much to choose from. From here, you could hike out Bullion Plateau
or follow Congdon Creek
back to the highway.