Backpack to an alpine tarn and explore ridges and meadows on day trips.
Backpack into the secluded island mountains of Strathcona Provincial Park with a professional Strathcona Park Lodge guide leading the way. Hike to Bedwell Lake campground and then day trip to Cream Lake, Mount Tom Taylor, the Bedwell Valley, and Big Interior.
Hike up to Bedwell Lake, an ideal base camp, where several valleys and ridges converge, providing easy access into hanging valleys, blue-green lakes and high summits. The campground at the lake is easily accessed on a parks-grade trail and the lakes are great for a post hike swim.
Objectives range from glaciated Mount Tom Taylor, to secluded Cream Lake at the foot of Mount Septimus and the wild Bedwell Valley. Expect to knock off two or three of these objectives over the five day trip.
Hikers should be in good shape, capable of hiking for six to eight hours in rough terrain with significant elevation gain. The first and last day of hiking is with a full backpack.
First and last nights at The Lodge with 3 nights camping.
Arrive at Strathcona Park Lodge between 4:00-5:00 pm. Relax, settle into your room... go for a refreshing swim in the lake. At 5:00, meet your instructor and group. After dinner receive pack, provisions, and instruction for the trek.
After breakfast, depart for the trailhead in a Lodge vehicle. Hike up the engineering marvel that is the Bedwell Trail to Baby Bedwell and then the established Bedwell Lake campsite beyond. This will be your base camp for the trip.
Following a decent trail the group will hike to Cream Lake, a glacier fed pond at the foot of Mount Septimus. It's an impressive view to enjoy over lunch. From here you should also see Della Falls, the highest waterfall in Canada, and Nine Peaks, a craggy, glaciated summit. Return to Bedwell Lake for a swim before dinner.
The group with input from the guide can choose between following a rough trail into the scenic and wild Bedwell Valley or a long day to the ridge of Mt Tom Taylor. Both are worthy objectives. Either way, return to Bedwell Lake for the night.
Depart Bedwell Lake and hike out to the trailhead and drive back to the Lodge.
Hearty breakfast and depart by 11:00 am.