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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-20-2013, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know if the trail between Teapot Hill and the Maple Bay campground is accessible? Sometimes the Watt Creek floods badly in the spring and it is hard to get across.
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Nowhere between Teapot and Maple Bay do you come anywhere near the creek along the horse trail. The only place you'd need to worry about flooding (Watt Creek related as opposed to rainfall runoff, which the trail is prone to) is where the bridge is heading up from the Teapot side over to Camp Linley in Columbia Valley.
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Actually, there is a section that does flood in the spring. I think you are referring to Teapot Creek. It is on the backside of Teapot Hill along the horse trail that connects from Maple Bay to the Teapot Hill trailhead.


http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/exp...shorsetrls.pdf

If you look at this map you will see that you can avoid the crossing.
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Yes, I think that would be the one I am thinking of. Thanks for the help.
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Actually, there is a section that does flood in the spring. I think you are referring to Teapot Creek. It is on the backside of Teapot Hill along the horse trail that connects from Maple Bay to the Teapot Hill trailhead.


http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/exp...shorsetrls.pdf

If you look at this map you will see that you can avoid the crossing.
That spot isn't between Teapot and Maple bay at all though. The only way you'd encounter Teapot Creek would be if you came all the way from Edmenson Rd, or up from the Teapot parking area, taking the left, first junction onto the horse trail, heading East. If you did that, you'd be crossing it twice.
Staying on the main Teapot trail for about 5min past that junction puts you at the next junction along the backside of Teapot, right takes you up the hill along the standard route, straight takes you along the mucky, lower horse trail towards Watt Creek. It often has a blown out creek on it after heavy rains, but nothing to difficult to get across. I've never not been able to jump it.
Shortly past that creek is the junction with the Watt Creek trail, which is signed. The right fork takes you down to Maple Bay, left (about a hundred feet up from the junction) loops back up the Upper Horse trail; whereas continuing along will take you to Columbia Valley, and across Watt Creek. Watt Creek is a worthwhile place to explore. There are several nice waterfalls and some interesting outbuildings that the scouts use.

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I did end up at Watt Creek once and spent a rainy day lunch in their archery shelter. Cool place to explore alright. Thanks for the info.
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Really like that shot of the waterfall, Giverhard.

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Thanks Karvitk. I actually only just found that one on my most recent trip into there a few weeks ago. Been within 100ft of it a few times, just never looked into the gully and realized it was there!
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Watt Creek above Camp Stillwood has some nice waterfalls and smooth sculpted rocks from erosion. Been some 35 years since I've been up there so maybe the rocks are even more sculpted now
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