British Columbia weekend
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jun 24, 2012 5:41 PM Last Post By: dacrakio
Jun 21, 2012 12:16 PM
British Columbia weekendMy wife and I are looking to do a weekend trip to the vancouver area or southwestern BC region. We live in seattle and we love to backpack and camp with the dog. Can anyone suggest a great weekend adventure with great senery and maybe good fishing as well. I enjoy flyfishing. So I guess we are looking for a hike/backpack to a lake.
Jun 21, 2012 12:49 PM
1Are you looking to camp overnight backcountry style (IE-take everything in with you on your back) or more car camping with a little hike thrown in. I admit I know nothing about fishing but have some ideas re: the hike part.
Let me know what your range is as far as hiking time/distance/elevation and I'll see what I can come up with.
Jun 22, 2012 2:59 PM
3I prefer access route #1 myself. Don't let your dog chase deer or bears.
Total Distance: 26.0 km (return)
Estimated Time: 10 hours
Average Grade: Unknown
Structure: Linear - Return
Elevation Gain: Unknown
Start Elevation: Unknown
There are three trails to Tenquille lake.
1. Drive up Highway 99 to Pemberton and then North heading for the Hurley FSR and, finally, to Branch 12. This is a decommisioned FSR with many a deep water bar that may requires 4WD and good clearance. 2wd pickups have made it some distance down this road. Total distance estimate above is from the Hurley for those unable or unwilling to drive Branch 12.
2. Follow the directions as above, but stop just before entering the Hurley. There is a large narrow bridge that crosses the Lillooet River, with a parking area. Park here, and the trailhead is across the road and up the slope. There is a sign. The main advantage to this trail is the (relatively) short driving time and good workout value. It is also half the distance (14km) of option 1. It is also the only option in winter (the Hurley and Birken/Tenquille Main Line are not ploughed). The disadvantage to it is the mountain bikers careening down on you - this is their descent route of choice from the lake because it is the steepest. This trail also has the most elevation gain (1,450m) of all three trails.
3. The third trail is on the other side of the range (and therefore involves the most driving and 4wd), so from the Petro Canada head towards Mt Currie. At the intersection in Mount Currie, follow the sign towards Birkenhead Provincial park. In other words, keep going straight, do NOT turn as if you were driving to Lillooet. To left at 'Pemberton Portage road', which is roughly 17km from the intersection in Mt Currie. Take your first left after the railroad tracks. Keep going straight for just less than 10km, then veer left/straight onto the Birken/Tenquille Main Line. Just after 16km, go left on the Birkenhead river/Tenquille Creek branch. 4wd section begins here. Drive to the end of the road, and the trail is there, just drop down a bit in the creek to find it. The trail is well used and fairly flat. Count on about 1 1/2 hours to the lake from here. **Note - along this trail is the junction of another trail that goes up to Mount Barbour. This is also in the wiki noted as the Tenquille Creek trail - it should be called the Ronayne trail, which will be edited shortly :)
If you can drive to the trailhead (#1), you've already achieved most of the elevation required to get to Tenquille Lake. The trail begins with a short, steep grade through a clearcut but once you reach the trees, the grade is moderate or easy for the remainder of the hike. It's quite a nice hike with a number of good views enroute to Tenquille Pass. This is a lush alpine meadow that is full of flowers.
From the Pass you descend a couple hundred feet to a beautiful alpine valley that runs east-west and contains an amazingly clear lake. There is a trail that runs the circumference of the Lake and there are a half-dozen peaks north and south that can easily be scrambled from here.
There is also a new hut at Tenquille Lake (built Summer 2011) on the site of the old hut which has now been dismantled. The new hut can sleep a large number of people and has a wood burning stove. No wood is provided. Users are expected to bring their own firewood, or scavenge local deadfall. An axe is provided. The new hut is regularly visited by snowmobile users in winter.
Jun 24, 2012 5:41 PM
4Check out a book called "camping British Columbia" by seagrave.
I've spent a lifetime camping in this area and there are some pretty good spots/directions in here.
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