Join Date: May 2002
Location: Victoria, BC
Interest: Love the outdoors. Hiking, backpacking, geocaching, camping, canoeing, and kayaking. Did I say camp
It all comes down to how young the kids are and how fast they hike. It's 5kms and about 400m of elevation gain to the lake.
So if you figure 3 hours (or more to the lake) then if you're on the trail on Friday night by 530 or 6 you would be at the lake/campsite by dark on Friday night and would probably get a campsite.
Saturday morning, the earlier the better, there are only 24 campsites at the lake and it was a veritable traffic jam heading in there on Saturday, July 20th. We dayhiked in and based solely on the numbers I saw heading in on Saturday, that would've been enough to use all of those campsites, without including those who went in on Friday evening.
I'd hazard to guess that it may be the most popular location for weekend camping during the high season of any place on the Duffy Lake Road.
So personally I'd head in on Friday night even if it meant finishing the hike by headlamp if I wanted to "guarantee" a spot up there.