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Mauricio 06-28-2013 04:02 PM

Statlu Lake in the rain - June 27 2013
The forecast called for 60% chance of rain. As if we did not now that that is really codespeak for "100% chance of rain, 60% of the time", we headed out to Statlu lake. 3 hours driving time from downtown Vancouver to the 2WD parking spot, being extra careful with my Mazda 3 on the slippery logging road. There is active logging in the Mistery Creek branch. This means that the road is being constantly graded, and hence very accessible for 2WD. It also means you encounter fully loaded trucks, graders, and bulldozers every 5-10 minutes.

The view from the road, just before the branch with the 2WD parking.

Because of a small discrepancy in the GPS coordinates in the wiki with the actual 2WD parking spot, we spent about 20 minutes looking for the trail. After we found it, all was good. There was very little rain at the beginning, and the weather held until we made it to the lake.

Gary and Logan descending to the first creek crossing:

Wulf's bridge. Words cannot convey my admiration and thanks.

Hiking the old logging road. The forest is closing in.

Second crossing:

Flowing water:

It took us one hour to get to this point. Where we once again missed the old trailhead (GPS waypoint in the wiki is correct, we just weren't looking), and ended up at the old highway bridge, which doesn't look terribly safe. We quickly backtracked and started on our way up.

45 minutes later we were walking by the scary slab:

And in short order we got the first views:

We stopped for a quick lunch, and pressed on. At the first talus slope, Gary and Logan went for a swim. Video of the even has been censored. While they were recovering from their wounds, I fooled around with the camera:

From this point on, the rain intensified, making things slightly trickier. The talus slopes were slippery. The trail was covered in thick underbush, resulting in us getting soaked to the bone. It was observed that we probably wouldn't have been much wetter had we walked directly in the lake. There were a couple of spills, caused by hidden rocks and slippery roots.

Gary crossing the first talus slope:

3.5 hours after leaving the car, we reached the waterfall. Beautiful stuff:

By this point it was really pouring down. We turned around, watching our step carefully, and were back at the campsite in one hour. We met a friendly chap from Agassiz, who was going to stay the night in his bivy. Another hour and a half saw us back at the car. After changing into dry clothes, we started the long drive back on the logging road, with less traffic but more mud. Shortly after, we became the most underdressed customers at Lou's Grill in Abbotsford - amazing burgers, amazing ribs.

Lots of rain, slippery stuff, the occasional great view, mud all over, soaked to the bone. Pure BC bliss. I can't wait to go back (on a sunny day, though!).

In closing, a shot of the abandoned road on our way back:

Eryne 06-28-2013 05:19 PM

I'm kinda jealous you got there. I just opened a company and named it Statlu. Our logo is an idealized version of the lake:

This trip is on deck for me this summer but I am saving it for a sunny sunny day.

FYI statlu is a Stó:lo word that means "little creek."

phatmasterc 06-28-2013 05:35 PM

Great hike guys! My bro and i tried to get up there 2 months ago and were turned around by a bull dozer moving a good 6 feet of snow off the road....we were a bit early. lol Good to know it's clear now!

Flowing-Brook 06-28-2013 06:51 PM

So, I'm not the only one who hiked Statlu in the rain. I must say, you got better pictures though...I'll be heading back on a sunny day I hope.

paulyman 06-28-2013 07:36 PM

Upper Statlu is equally impressive.

Wandering Tree Frog 06-28-2013 08:18 PM

Thanks for the report. I've been thinking of doing a recon trip in there the last few days but decided not because of the rain. You gave me all the info i needed. I have a date with a peak in there this summer...

Steventy 06-28-2013 08:32 PM

I enjoyed the writing and photos. Looks like a good adventure. Those bridges are impressive.

Aqua Terra 06-28-2013 08:41 PM

Years ago I used to drive to the upper trailhead.
Kinda miss the old road

Mel_C 06-28-2013 08:56 PM

Great pictures! I love Statlu!!

noman 06-28-2013 10:13 PM

Great day in the mountains! You got out when most stayed in. Your photos show skillful composition. The last image is very marketable.

KARVITK 06-28-2013 11:07 PM

Very nice shots of lake and falls. Wulf's bridge is a remarable piece of engineering genius. and think he did it single-handedly, is amazing.


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