Strathcona Wilderness Institute director & Buttle Hut volunteer Gerry Roberts sent the following note in reply to a hiker’s question about trail conditions:
“On the Bedwell Lake trail people encounter snow before the steel stairs but a number of basic hikers did make Baby Bedwell without difficulty. On the Philips Ridge trail snow was encountered 75 metres before where the trail levels off and that there was about two metres of snow at Arnica Lake and maybe slightly less on the Ridge but crossing it was easy.
There were six vehicles at the Elk River parking area on Sunday morning and this evening one is still there and another from Alberta has arrived. As it looks like deep snow would not be encountered until after 1,300 metres on Crest Mountain things may be much better this year but the regular avalanche chutes/ stream crossings may require caution.
The stream flow was moderately low on the Elk River which may mean something, but a greater flow rate on Crest Creek. Both Thelwood and Myra creeks less than I’d expected from prior years views.
The road up to Bedwell is the best I’ve seen it, even the parking area had been somewhat graded. A very short distance from the start there is a major windfall mess, dozens of trees down some very large firs but, a person or persons unknown had done some partial clearing and trail diversions around large roots. This is all before the bridge crossings.”
More updates to come!