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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-18-2016, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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This spot is a hit on Instagram, could explain the parking lot LOL! Either way I'm sold on the location and will be trying to wander around up there following in your footsteps.
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Good trip. When the BCMC get that cabin built it's going to get even more busy but hopefully people behave there.
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Wow! Insane amount of people. Glad I got in there last year. Dropped some summit registors and left my email because I was curious who else got there! Never did get an email though! Lets hope not everyone finds Martin Lake
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Nice photos! That's one of my favourite areas! Definitely started to get a lot more busy at some point last summer.

Watersprite tower is a tricky one! I climbed it a few weeks ago on my way back from Cotard Peak (a great trip). I also got turned back at your yellow X, it's a difficult down-climb. But I looked around a bit more and discovered it's actually possible to access the notch by sneaking down through krumholtz, just a bit before your yellow line ends. It's steep and not very aesthetic but it gets you into the notch somewhat easily. I've also looked at the red route - looks like it would go. From the notch up it's not easy though, some wicked exposed spots, particularly the summit itself!
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That's a lot of cars. There were about 5 cars when I did it on a weekend. Had the lake all to myself too, later in the day.
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post #8 of (permalink) Old 08-20-2016, 12:19 PM
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Just so everyone is aware, the BCMC (and myself) have been working rather relentlessly now for the past two years to built the New Watersprite Lake Trail, which is nearly complete. We will be closing the old trail which this trip utilizes soon.
Unlike the old trail which travels through soft environmentally sensitive swampy areas, the new trail remains mostly on old logging roads, and has much better views.
The old trail is a little over 7 KM, whereas the new trail is 8.5 KM but more gradual and scenic. The trailhead for the new trail is different (4.5 KM further East at the Skookum IP Water Intake Dam).
The first 6 KM are very luxurious. The new parking area is also massive.
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post #9 of (permalink) Old 08-22-2016, 09:07 PM
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How soon are you talking? Before the end of the month?
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post #10 of (permalink) Old 08-23-2016, 02:57 AM
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How soon are you talking? Before the end of the month?
We are working as hard as we can as there is considerable urgency for us to decommission the old trail due to the environmental impacts of heavy foot traffic on the old route. A BCMC crew is planning to work this Wednesday to remove deadfall at the final KM of trail with chainsaws. The new trail is fully marked and useable from beginning to end, but rough in the last 1.5 KM. We have some remaining tasks still to perform:

1) The installation of footbridges across minor creeks (currently passible even by a 10 year old). This will be our last task, performed this September.
2) Improved drainage work in two areas on the old logging road system
3) Grubbing of the final 500 meters of road at the 7 KM mark
4) Removal of the remaining deadfall in the rock slide after the end of the logging road and improved marking of the trail.
5) Improving the crossing of Watersprite Creek at the 8 KM mark (although the crossing is easy in low run-off conditions).
6) Some minor brush clearing at the 1 KM mark

When the new trail is officially opened (with a full trail kiosk and orange aluminum signage), and the old trail is to be decomissioned, I will make a formal announcement on this website and others. Since the new trail is an official section 57 trail, I will add the trail to this website (and others) in the list of formal sea-to-sky trails.

The new trail features a 3 KM stretch of old logging road that features continuous wide open views of all the major icefields and peaks in the area. Because we know this new trail will be extremely popular (Parks grade with views to rival the Elfin Lakes Trail), we need to take the time to design the trail to accommodate the large numbers of hikers expected to use the new trail in the years ahead.

This is why I cannot state a specific date for the official opening yet. Being that the new cabin is already under construction, it will not be long.

I certainly would welcome anyone on clubtread who would like to join my trail building crew and learn the ins and outs of trail-building to contact me through this website, or contact the BCMC.
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