Back in June 2014, I did another trip to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. The first trip was great fun and some of my best photos, and I hadn’t been for a few years so why not.
For those of you looking for details and maps, here they are:
- CalTopo map I made from data I found online
- Vancouver Trails Joffre Lakes page
- BC Parks Page – has additional maps and leaflets – also note that a fee is now in effect, which you can pay online.
Now for the updates. Since I last went, the trail work has mostly been completed. The lower boulder hopping is now a smooth path. There is still a steep ascent through the trees requiring careful footwork. I had a broken radius and was in a cast at the time so gripping was tricky. As you get just past Middle Lake, you might find fallen trees that you need to duck under. The upper section has been rerouted East (to your left if ascending) and now there is a stairway and bridge as opposed to another boulder field. The approach to the campsite is still along a rocky shoreline and the outhouse door was broken when we were there.
Camp set up (quieter in June so no issues finding a spot) and dinner eaten. Jesse (dog who was with us) unearthed “human leavings” under a stone right by the campsite. If you’re thinking of doing this, please don’t. Walk to the outhouse like a civilized human-being.
This time, instead of doing Tzsil (snow was still too low), we headed for a lookout near the Glacier (see the map above). This was steep and you had to be careful of your footing and of falling rocks. However, seeing all three lakes at once was spectacular.
Now, onto food. We had decided to hike up a light frying pan, cutting board, spatula, tongs and the following:
That made pancakes and scrambled eggs for breakfasts!
- Spices (Taco spice mix worked well)
That made an enormous amount of stirfry and soup (a very excellent soup Louis I must say). We were absolutely full and kind of happy not to eat dehydrated for a change.
I’ll be doing another, beginner focused, hike up there soon!