Reports on Road & Trail Conditions:
May 18, 2019: Cerise Creek Conservancy – Closed for Public Safety
Two landslides have occurred originating from Joffre Peak; the first on Monday May 13, 2019 and the second on Thursday May 16, 2019. The slides have heavily impacted the Cerise Creek watershed within the Conservancy.
The main access trail to the Conservancy has been buried under slide debris. Summer and winter trail access routes to the backcountry hut, Keith Flavelle Hut, are both impacted by slide debris and water pooling.
The Conservancy area has been assessed and is unsafe to the public. Signage has been posted at the trailheads and on the website.
May 18, 2019: The Cerise Creek trail to Keith’s Hut is closed because of damage from two massive landslides on Joffre Peak. B.C. Parks has also closed the Nlháxten/Cerise Creek Conservancy because of safety concerns. More info: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/2-massive-landslides-on-joffre-peak-change-the-face-of-backcountry-destination-1.5140856
May 21, 2018: The Lytton ferry is currently not working due to high water. To get across the Fraser River, check out this cool suspension bridge. The location of the bridge is shown on our Stein to Joffre Trail Map: http://trailventuresbc.com/stein-to-joffre-map-info/ …
May 21, 2018: Dogs prohibited at Joffre Lakes to protect park. BC Parks: To protect the environment and wildlife at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, dogs and other domestic pets will be prohibited as of Friday, May 18, 2018. http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/joffre_lks/
May 2018: Kayaking Notice posted at the Lower Stein trailhead:
July 2017: Access to Lizzie Lake Camp (Lizzie Lake Recreation Site) The 2WDHC forest service road to the new Lizzie Creek Bypass Trail trailhead has been improved over the past few years for logging and hasn’t been deactivated. Our map shows this road as 4WDHC but it currently has a rating of 2WDHC due to the improved condition. It’s a bit rough but not too steep. As of autumn 2016 it was in fairly good condition. The Sea to Sky Recreation District has asked the licensee to try to keep it maintained when they are in the area but is not actively maintaining it. The first switchback is the steepest then it gets better.
The new Lizzie Ck Bypass Trail is a little over 1 km further up the road from the old bypass trail and was completed last year. The trail network between the trailhead and Lizzie Ck Cabin was cleared out late last year. Here is a map of the Lizzie Creek Bypass Trail:
May 2017: Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park: For the most recent BC Parks Trail Information Update May 2017 – December 2017 click here: www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/stein_val/trail_report.pdf Updates on access via Lytton Trailhead, Lizzie Lake, Blowdown Pass, Van Horlick Creek Road plus updates on trail conditions and campgrounds.
August 18, 2016: The new bypass trail at the start of the Lizzie Creek Trail is progressing. From the old bypass trailhead, continue following the main road uphill eastward. At ~1.3 km past the old bypass trailhead, at an sharp switchback corner, is the flagged trailhead for the new bypass trail. Most 2WD vehicles can access this trailhead (the road has been improved over the past couple years due to active logging in the area) located at ~540 m elev. Roadside parking is available near to the trailhead. Currently there are no signs, although there are plans to erect some in the future. Though not fully completed yet, the new bypass trail will be well constructed and marked along its ~1 km length. Reports are that the grades and construction of the new bypass trail will make this a much safer option than the older, lower bypass trail. Note – our Stein to Joffre trail map shows the old bypass trail and will be updated for the next edition to show the new bypass trail.
The clearing of the old road up to Lizzie Lake is also on-going. After the crossing of the ‘E Fork’ of Lizzie Ck (shown on our map) the road has been cleared out part of the way up towards Lizzie Lake. Plans are to clear out the remainder of the old road to Lizzie Lake and also to clear the Lizzie Ck Trail of the significant windfall above the lake. Hopes are to have the work noted above completed by year’s end. There are no plans to improve any of the creek crossings in this area.
This work is being done by the provincial government and is being overseen by Rec Sites & Trails BC. Once this work is completed, we expect the safety and enjoyment of the Lizzie Ck Trail will be much improved. Kudos to Rec Sites & Trails BC!