Stein River Canyon & Stein Valley


Backpack - Stein River Canyon & Stein Valley

Stein River Canyon/Stein Valley Nlakapamux Heritage Park BC

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
Sat. 8:00 AM at Lytton, BC
Leader will have decision on 5/20 or earlier, for probable backpack change (rescheduled, canceled or destination change) due to potential temporary access issues (Lytton ferry closure risk, due to rising high river crossing).

Stein River Canyon backpack, Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park (Lytton, BC) (national topo series 92I/5 or Stein Valley: Heritage Guide and Map East). Scenic river canyon along whitewater and meandering stream, old-growth forests, extensive pictographs, wildflowers or fall color in season, occasional wildlife in the rain shadow zone of one of BC's larger provincial parks. The Stein canyon offers a beautifully compelling natural setting attractive to hikers, photographers, artists, naturalists and others.
Park info and Stein lower valley to mid-valley trail:

Trail descriptions: Stein Valley Wilderness Guidebook, Don't Waste Your Time in the BC Coast Mountains.

* MEMBERS ONLY * Experience the natural beauty, rock art, captivating spirit and power of the Stein River canyon! You can usually count on a dry or mostly dry backpack here, as the lower and middle valleys are situated in the rain shadow (rarely rains, except in winter). Pace leisurely to moderate, with stops for photos, enjoyment of scenery and nature.

Optional: Car Camp evening prior to backpack at Skihist Provincial Park (abt 4 mi N of Lytton, *see info link), Canyon Alpine RV Park (nr Boston Bar, abt 25 min S of Lytton), or motel in Lytton. *Skihist info:

Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park is a large provincial park (similar in size to Rainier), without requirements for backcountry camp reservations, fees, permits.

Latest trail report:

Day 1 (Sat), backpack 4-6 miles along/above the Stein River, between trailhead and basecamp in a Lower Stein Canyon camp (Teepee or Earl's Cabin camp). Camps have bearproof food storage, pit toilets and nearby water source.
Day 2 (Sun), day hike on upstream trail from basecamp and pass more pictograph sites along the scenic Stein River, cross the Stein suspension bridge and into the mid-valley of the Stein.
Day 3 (Mon), we'll backpack out, returning to trailhead mid- to late afternoon. Leader will have copies of topo map for participants & trail description for group.

Current passport or WA enhanced driver's license (or WA enhanced ID), required for border crossing.

Drive time from Everett, approx 3-3/4 hrs. Background on Stein pictographs: (Leader will bring excerpts for those interested in pictograph interpretations)


Stein River Canyon & Stein Valley

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials required. Trekking poles are recommended.
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