Stein River Canyon & Stein Valley


Backpack - Stein River Canyon & Stein Valley

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft

Lytton, BC 7:30am

MEMBERS ONLY.  Registration open August 1 - September 24.

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.  Optional evening hike to explore further upstream.
Day 2 (Sun):  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 plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
Trip Reports