Rockbound Lake-Stuart Knob-Mitella Lake-Baker Creek(BNP)
I'm filing this because I found the trip beta for approaches to Mitella Lake in BNP to be non existent. This could be due to the decommissioning of the Baker Creek trail and/or the lack of any trail from Baker Creek to Mitella Lake. To be clear, we did not approach via that way but rather descended. We chose to approach via Rockbound Lake, summit Stuart Knob and then enjoy a spectacular 3.4km ridge walk due north to a 2748m point at "11u 0571960 5690430". From there it's 5km of pure splendour descending through several cliffbands in a NW direction to the headwall above Mitella Lake.
Again, because of the lack of data the last thing I wanted was us having to retreat from the headwall after walking 20km. So I brought a rope, harnesses and some gear to do a rap/lower IF we had to. Turns out we had to, but only because different people have different tolerance levels to exposure. Once that task was completed it was an easy 10min stroll to our camp with all the facilities one could imagine. A very large overhanging boulder-the size of a small house-provided convenient shelter from the day's final rainstorm.
The next day we descended the drainage from Mitella Lake to Baker Creek and then continued the 10km trek down Baker Creek(on left side proper) to Hwy 1A. Succinctly put: It's 17.7km total(give or take) of which 15km is pure bushwhacking hell. I don't recommend it and in my mind it's not fit for man nor beast. Using this as an approach to Mitella Lake is not recommended. An alternative of course would be over Protection Mt. but suffice to say, now I know why Mitella Lake is rarely visited, not to mention the sparse data.
But it truly is an adventure.