Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia Updates

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.

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Wedgemount Lake - Trip 4 in Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia
Trip 4: Wedgemount Lake

Backpacking Basics Updates

Fees and Reservations for Camping and Huts: In 2021, reservations for BC Parks backcountry campgrounds are available 2 months before the first day of your trip. (Previously, they were available 4 months in advance.)

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 Joffre Lakes: Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is currently closed due to COVID-19 so this trip is currently inaccessible.

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: The Kees and Claire Hut is is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still camp at the sites next to Russet Lake.

Squamish Updates

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. 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. The Brew Hut is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still camp nearby.

Trip 11 Lake Lovely Water: The Tantalus Hut is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still camp nearby or at the Sandspit.

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.

Trip 13 Watersprite Lake: The Watersprite Lake Hut is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still camp at the campground across the lake.

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 Date 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

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Fraser Valley and Fraser Canyon Updates

Trip 25 Lindeman and Greendrop Lakes: A fallen tree has obliterated a key bridge below Lindeman Lake. The trail is officially closed pending bridge repair or replacement. The bridge is reportedly still passable, albeit possibly dangerous.

Trip 29 Lower Stein Valley: Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Provincial Park is closed due to COVID-10 so this hike is currently inaccessible.

Coquihalla Updates

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. 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 will begin construction of a new trail on the south side of Peers Creek in summer 2021.

Skagit and Similkameen Updates

Trip 40 Cathedral Lakes: Rumour has it that campsites are no longer first-come, first-served and that reservations will be required in 2021. However, BC Parks has not released any official information thus far.