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.

Last updated May 17, 2022

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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: Reservations for BC Parks backcountry campgrounds are now available 2 months before the first day of your trip.

Pemberton and Whistler Updates

Trip 2 Joffre 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: Starting in 2022, you must reserve camping and spots in the hut online. (I’ll add a link to the booking website once it is announced.) Dogs are no longer allowed at Tenquille Lake due to grizzly bear conflicts. As well, fires are no longer allowed. The lake is now being referred to by its Lil’wat and N’Quatqua name, Háwint, which means packrat. The camping area near the hut is permanently closed but the 9 campsites to the east of the hut remain open – see this map.

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. As of 2021, hammocks are not allowed in Garibaldi Provincial Park due to high-use levels and damage to small trees.

Trip 5 Russet Lake: Russet Lake now has 20 designated campsites. A new urine-diversion outhouse was installed in September 2021. As of 2021, hammocks are not allowed in Garibaldi Provincial Park due to high-use levels and damage to small trees.

Trip 7 Helm Creek: As of 2021, hammocks are not allowed in Garibaldi Provincial Park due to high-use levels and damage to small trees.

Squamish Updates

Trip 9 Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows: As of 2021, hammocks are not allowed in Garibaldi Provincial Park due to high-use levels and damage to small trees.

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. As of 2021, hammocks are not allowed in Garibaldi Provincial Park due to high-use levels and damage to small trees.

Trip 13 Watersprite Lake: There are now 20 campsites at the lake – 10 wooden platforms and 10 gravel pads. The campground is now operated by the BC Mountaineering Club and requires reservations between July 1 and October 10 each year. Camping is $20/night and can be booked on the BCMC website.

Metro Vancouver Updates

Trip 22 Widgeon Lake: BC Parks has closed the trail to Widgeon Lake due to a failed bridge at Hanging Creek. Hikers report that the crossing is passable at times of low water. The Widgeon Slough campsite suffered extensive damage in the November 2021 floods and is currently closed.

Trip 23 Gold Creek Canyon: There is a bear cache at Viewpoint Beach. 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.) As of spring 2022, there is now a bear cache at Halfmoon Beach.

Trip 24 Golden Ears: As of spring 2022, there is now a bear cache at the Alder Flats campground.

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.

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 (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.