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
8:30 AM at Lytton, BC
Spaces available: 4 Lytton ferry on Fraser River closed 5/20 for several days due to high water & heavy debris, so North Cascades backpack will go rather than Stein Vly. Alternate 3-day Ross Lk area backpacks (If high water closes Lytton ferry or other access problem): Hozomeen/Willow Lakes (via Hope,BC), East Bank Trail or Ross Lk trail (from hwy 20). Enjoy the rewards of a scenic early season backpack, in the spring green of a rain shadow trail (usually dry weather!), and savor a great conditioner trip for the backpack season ahead. The Stein canyon is among the leader's favorite early and late season backpacks. Our trails will vary from easy to moderate: First day we'll travel 5-7 miles to base camp (2 nights), day 2 hike 8-10+ miles, and final day return to trailhead mid- to late-afternoon. Recommend car camping on Friday evening - Skihist Prov Park or Stein trailhead camp. Wildlife-proof food storage provided at camps. Stein Park info, brochure, map: http://www.env.gov.bc/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/steinvly.html Skihist Park info: http://www.env.gov.bc/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/skihist.html To learn more about this special area's natural history, First Nation heritage and archaeological sites, the leader recommends (out of print): They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever: Rock Writings in the Stein River Valley of British Columbia (York, Daly, Arnett) - First Nation heritage and history in area, and detailed illustrated interpretation of rock writings (mostly pictographs) and other archaeological sites. Stein: The Way of the River (McGonigle & Wickwire) - the captivating words and images reveal the Stein's native cultural and ecological richness, a magnificent wilderness watershed from alpine to the Fraser.
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