BC Parks – Trail Conditions for Strathcona Provincial Park – Spring 2019

Strathcona Park Trail and Area Conditions – Spring 2019

Bedwell Lake Trail in the snow, Spring 2019
Bedwell Lake Trail Spring 2019

Starting May 15th, trails are being assessed by Park Facility Operators and Rangers as time permits, with updates provided on the detailed trail report shown below. Revised updates will be posted as information becomes available.

BC Parks appreciates any information about trail conditions. If you are hiking along trails in Strathcona Park and want to provide any information that you may have regarding trail conditions please contact Jamie Godfrey, Strathcona Senior Ranger at:

James.Godfrey@gov.bc.ca

Spring conditions are in effect. Visitors to the backcountry during the spring/early summer should be aware that deep snow, mud, ice, wet or frost covered wood, thin ice on ponds/lakes and other spring hazards may exist anywhere. Visitors should not venture into terrain they are not prepared for and must be aware that variable weather conditions still persist in higher elevations.

Visitors are reminded that fires are not permitted anywhere or at any time (all seasons) within Strathcona Park except in authorized and provided BC Parks steel fire rings. This regulation is in effect at all times of the year. No open fires are allowed in any back country areas.

Reminder: Backcountry camping fees are in effect from June 15, to September 30th. Adults (19 years & over) are $10 per person/night, Youth (13-18 years) are $5 per person/night, and Children 12 years and under- no charge. Back country fees are applicable in the core fee zones along the Bedwell Lakes/Cream Lake Trail, Elk River Trail and Forbidden Plateau areas.

Strathcona Park Marine Locations Trail Conditions 

Trail Area:Latest Condition:Last Updated:
Boat LaunchesWater level is very low; boat with caution and look for submerged hazards. 4×4 vehicles only recommended for launching boats at boat launchesMay 17th, 2019
Marine SitesTitus, Wolf, Phillips, and Upper Campbell – All Open but unserviced. No fees in effect at this time. 

Backcountry Marine fees and service are in effect from June 15th – Sept 30th; Adults (19 years and over) $10 per person/ night, Youth (13-18 years) $5 per person/night and children under 13 years no charge. Self-registration fee stations are located at boat launches (Buttle/Karst) and day-use areas (Karst/Lupin/Auger Pt). All Marine sites have tent pads and tables.

May 17th, 2019

Nature Walks and Short Trail Conditions

Trail Area:Latest Condition:Last Updated:
Karst CreekBeware of rock fall hazard at falls viewing area. Obey posted signage.May 17th, 2019
Lady Falls, Elk River Viewpoint, Crest Crags, Lupin Falls, Wild Ginger, Shepherd Creek, Lower Myra Falls,All trails snow and windfall free.May 17th, 2019
Auger PointTrail is snow and windfall free.May 17th, 2019

 Buttle Lake Area Trail Conditions 

Trail Area:Latest Condition:Last Updated:
Elk RiverTrail is clear of snow up to landslide lake.May 17th, 2019
Crest MountainNot inspected yet. Expect windfall throughout trail, and snow at higher elevations.May 17th, 2019
King’s PeakNot inspected yet. Expect windfall throughout trail and snow at higher elevations.May 17th, 2019
Bedwell LakesSnow persists on trail below baby bedwell lake. 

NOTE: Access road has been improved. 2WD accessible. Be aware that ore hauling is ongoing each night.

May 17th, 2019
Price Creek/Cream LakeNot inspected yet. Price Creek route no longer maintained. Advanced navigation skills required on this route.

Recommend accessing Cream Lake from Bedwell Lakes Trail. Expect snow.

May 17th, 2019
Upper Myra FallsTrail is clear of snow and windfall.May 17th, 2019
Arnica Lake/Phillips RidgeTrail not yet inspected in 2019. Expect windfall throughout and snow at higher elevations.May 17th, 2019
Tennent Lake/Mount MyraTrail not yet inspected in 2019. Expect windfall throughout, and snow at higher elevations.May 17th, 2019
Flower RidgeTrail not yet inspected in 2019. Expect thick brush,

windfall throughout, and snow at higher elevations.

May 17th, 2019
Marble MeadowsTrail not inspected yet in 2019. Reports of windfall from 2018. Expect snow at higher elevations.May 17th, 2019

Forbidden Plateau Area Trail Conditions

Trail Area:Latest Condition:Last Updated:
Paradise Meadows TrailheadSnow persists in paradise meadows. Beware of voids that form around edges of boardwalk areas and in/over creeks that can break when walked upon. Snowshoes are recommended, and straying from the trail in boardwalk or creek areas is not recommended. Assume thin ice on all

lakes/ponds.

May 17h, 2019
Helen Mackenzie/ Battleship Loop, Helen Mackenzie to Kwai Lake via Croteau Lake, Cruickshank Canyon Lookout, Helen Mackenzie to Circlet Lk, Amphitheatre Lake,

Moat Lake, Mount Albert Edward,

Wood Mountain Traverse

Snowshoes recommended.

Boardwalks are difficult to navigate due to voids and snow melt.

Use extreme caution in and around Lakes, thin ice.

May 17th, 2019

 Other Trails and Areas 

Trail Area:Latest Condition:Last Updated:
Della Falls & Love Lake TrailTrail not inspected in 2019

 

NOTE: This is an old growth forest with natural hazards. Campers/hikers should be cautious during storm events.

May 17th, 2019
Oshinow LakeNot inspected in 2019May 17th 2019
Kunlin/Donner LakesNot inspected yet in 2019. Travel by vehicle is not recommended to Donner Lake. Road to Kunlin Lake is becoming overgrown – watch for deep water bars and small road failures. Windfall likely.May 17th, 2019
Gold LakeNot inspected yet in 2019. Logging road is becoming poor from Grilse Creek to trailhead. Logging bridge will be removed soon (no date provided) which will restrict vehicle access to trailhead in the future. Trail has many windfalls previously identified in 2015 which have not been addressed (due to access issues, trail may not be seasonally maintained).May 17th, 2019
Comox Glacier/ Century Sam LakeTrails are not maintained; navigation may be difficult at times. Expect snow.May 17th, 2019

 

 NOTE: Be advised that hours for the Comox Main gate access can be found on the Island Timberlands blog