Mother Nature changes our trails and access roads every year. All info in the book was accurate at the time of writing, but of course is subject to change. On this page, you’ll find the latest updated information on the trails in my book, Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia.
Do you have updated info to contribute? Email me! backpacking [at] happiestoutdoors [dot] ca
Backpacking Basics Updates
Fees and Reservations for Camping and Huts: In 2021, reservations for BC Parks backcountry campgrounds were available 2 months before the first day of your trip until June 22 when the entire summer was bookable.
Pemberton and Whistler Updates
Trip 1 Marriott Meadows: The Wendy Thompson Hut is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still camp nearby.
Trip 2 Joffres Lakes: The large metal food cache has been replaced with a pulley system of hanging wires. Bring a waterproof bag to store your food. (Thanks to Oren Friedman in the Backpacking in BC Facebook group for the update.)
Trip 3 Tenquille Lake: The Tenquille Lake Hut is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still camp at Tenquille Lake.
Trip 4 Wedgemount Lake: The Wedgemount Lake Hut is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still camp at the tent platforms near the hut or the ones near the lake.
Trip 5 Russet Lake: Russet Lake now has 20 designated campsites. A new urine-diversion outhouse was installed in September 2021.
Trip 8 Rainbow Pass: The Rainbow Lake Trail is currently closed (as of September 2021) due to grizzly bears feeding in the area.
Trip 9 Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows: The Taylor Meadows campground is closed between September 1 and October 31, 2021 to reduce human-bear conflict.
Trip 10 Brew Hut: The access road to the trailhead has been deactivated. The bridge over Roe Creek at 5.9km has been removed and it is not safe to ford the creek, so this hike is currently not accessible as written. The Varsity Outdoor Club have plans to install a footbridge at this location. Once the bridge is in place, you will need to hike up the deactivated road to the trailhead. This will add 4km with 420m of elevation gain to the hike. There is another trail to Brew Lake from the Brew Main FSR but the road to get there is very rough. The Brew Hut is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still camp nearby.
Trip 12 Elfin Lakes: The Elfin Lakes Hut is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still camp near the hut and at Rampart Ponds. The Red Heather day use shelter and the cooking shelter at Elfin Lakes campground are both still open.
Sunshine Coast Updates
Trip 14 Manzanita Bluff: The Manzanita Hut is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still camp nearby.
Trip 15 Confederation Lake: The Confederation Lake, Fiddlehead Landing, and Inland Lake Huts are all currently closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still camp near each hut.
Trip 16 Tin Hat Hut: The Tin Hat Hut is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still camp nearby.
Trip 17 Saltery Bay Loop: The Fairview Bay and Rainy Day Lake Huts are currently closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still camp near each hut.
Trip 18 Tetrahedron Plateau: The Batchelor Lake, Edwards Lake, Mount Steele, and McNair Lake Cabins are are currently closed due to COVID-19. Tent camping in prohibited in Tetrahedron Provincial Park so this trip is currently inaccessible.
Metro Vancouver Updates
Trip 22 Widgeon Lake: BC Parks has closed the trail to Widgeon Lake is due to a failed bridge at Hanging Creek. Hikers report that the crossing is passable at times of low water.
Trip 23 Gold Creek Canyon: There is a bear cache at this site. It’s not new, but there is no info about it on the BC Parks website and it is very hard to find so I missed it on my research trip. It is located at N49 21.917 W122 27.273. To find it, walk south along the beach from the trail intersection and look for a faint path heading into the trees. (Thanks to Lisa Poon in the Backpacking Trips in BC Facebook group for this update.)
Fraser Valley and Fraser Canyon Updates
Trip 29 Lower Stein Valley: Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Provincial Park is closed due to COVID-19 so this hike is currently inaccessible.
Trip 30 Manson Ridge: The old logging road to Manson Ridge from Peers Creek Trailhead was reactivated in summer/fall 2020 and logging is now taking place along the road (as of summer 2021). You can still hike the road to the campsite. Stop and wait for truck and machinery operators to let you know it’s safe to pass. The Hope Mountain Centre began construction of a new trail on the south side of Peers Creek in summer 2021 but it is not open yet.