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
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
8:00 AM
Photo/naturalist-oriented backpack for Mountaineer members only. This activity is for adults age 18+.

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, paced with stops for photo opportunities and for enjoyment of nature. If you're seeking a faster pace or prefer a different objective than photography/nature enjoyment, this is not the trip for you. Thank you.

Car Camp evening prior to backpack at Skihist Prov Park (nr Lytton) or Canyon Alpine RV Park (nr Boston Bar, abt 25 min S of Lytton), or motel in Lytton.

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:

September 4 update from BC Parks: suspension bridge repairs are completed and the trail is now open (across the Stein). Yeah!

The suspension bridge crosses the Stein River at about 7 miles, allowing access again to the Middle Stein valley and extended backpacking into remote sub-alpine/alpine upper Stein from the eastern trailhead.

On day 1 & 3, we'll backpack 5-7 miles along/above the Stein River, between trailhead and basecamp in a Lower Stein Canyon camp (Teepee, Earl's Cabin or near Stein crossing). Camps have bearproof food storage, pit toilets and nearby water source. We'll do a day hike on day 2 from our basecamp, along more pictograph sites and the scenic Lower Stein, cross the Stein bridge and explore along the Middle Stein.

Leader will have copies of topo map for participants.

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

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