Stein River Canyon & Stein Valley

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Backpack - Stein River Canyon & Stein Valley

Stein River Canyon/Stein Valley Nlakapamux Heritage Park BC

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
8: AM at Stein trailhead, nr Lytton
**See NOTE and info on possible alternate backpack to Skagit Valley Provincial Park, if Lytton ferry closed or no weekend service. Slow to moderate pace. 5-7 miles to base camp for 2 nights. Day 2 - hike 6-10 mi into middle Stein river canyon. Friday night prior to backpack - car camp at trailhead camp or Skihist Prov Park. Trailhead directions available from trip leader. On 5/6 - Variety of wildflowers currently blooming - balsamroot, old man's whiskers, penstemon, chocolate lily, paintbrush, service berry & more. Also see many birds, butterflies. Expect to see these & more in late May. Park info--www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/steinvly.html NOTE: Park info website has a caution note (and link to photo) regarding a debris flow on the trail (rock,soil) located in a gulley about 3mi from trailhead. Leader hiked trail 5/6 to scout debris slide (rock, soil) route's stability/length - a new trail section about 25' wide is well-flagged, stable, located several feet slightly above original trail. LYTTON FERRY - 5-min crossing, free. See schedule at http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/marine/ferry_schedules.htm#lytton Since late April through today, Lytton ferry on very limited weekday schedule & no weekend operation due to labor strike. Ferry closure adds 3+ hour drive time on 2WD road (Hwy 12 Lytton to Lillooet & Texas Crk/Westside Rd (some rough 2WD, unsafe sections) to trailhead - this alternate route is not acceptable. Trip leader will monitor ferry status & advise by Wednesday 5/23 if an alternate comparable backpack necessary to Skagit Valley Provincial Park. Alternate backpack: Skagit River Trail (Skagit Valley Provincial Park, BC - SW of Manning Park). 18 mi+, 500-1000'+ gain. Follow route of historic Whatcom Trail along Skagit River from 26-Mile Bridge trailhead to Manning Park, return via Skagit or Centennial trail. Beautiful forests typical of coastal to interior zones -- western red cedar, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, pines, cottonwoods, some magnificent old-growth forest in Skagit River Ecological Reserve. Lovely spring wildflowers, glimpses of mountains, good wildlife viewing opportunities from birds to mammals. Side trip options from main trail to waterfall, Silverdaisy trail, Centennial trail along Klesilkwa and Skagit Rivers. Car camp Friday at Ross Lk CG (BC), s of 26-Mile T/H. Topo map (1:50,000): Skagit River 92H/3 or Manning Park/Skagit Valley Recreation Area http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/skagit.html
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