Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Interest: Err, need you ask? Hiking :-)
Brandywine Meadows: 4x4 road to upper parking is getting pretty rough and rocky, but not loose so our CR-V made it OK. However, would have loved 4-lo for the descent... The new trail into the meadows is bedding in nicely, with just a couple of muddy spots to go through. Once in the meadows it meanders across the floodplain and is a glorious raised gravel path. My group made it to the upper meadows in only an hour or so. It's almost cheating... After that, straightforward to Brandywine summit and its awesome views.
Elfin Lakes: the hikers' trail out of Red Heather is undergoing some upgrades and is really muddy right now (mind you, it always gets muddy around this time of year with the freeze-thaw cycles). The upper section just before it rejoins the old road has been gravelled so I assume that's the plan for the whole connector. One of the descending backpackers wiped out in the mud and was covered pretty much from head to toe... Another busy place though the shelter and campground were empty on Sunday afternoon. The road is fine, though rough and bumpy for the last stretch once around the corner. Colours are good right now - very few berries.
Joffre Lakes: much quieter now, but the parking lot was still almost full by the afternoon - surprising for a cloudy Monday in October. The trail wasn't quite as tedious as I'd remembered but it was a cooler day. It was fun to play "spot the old trail" along the way. A few significant objets d'ordures: a broken Thermos, gas canister, the inevitable water bottle, and 3 hardback books propped up on a rock like they were for sale. The books appeared in the time it took me to get to the upper lake and back down to just above the boulder field. I was so stunned it didn't occur to me to try and carry them out. (Note to self: bring a garbage bag next time...) There are lots of survey posts around the parking lot - chatting with the ranger it seems that there are upgrades in the works, plus the campground is due to get new outhouses (yes, possibly plural).