Galene Lakes - ClubTread Community

User Tag List

 1Likes
  • 1 Post By burndug
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-13-2015, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
Headed for the Mountains
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Langley, BC
Posts: 104
Default Galene Lakes

Anyone have any info/links/tips on the Galene Lakes Route?

I tried going up it a couple days ago...somewhat okay up until the part where it goes away from the Skagit and up toward the ridge. There's some markers, but I can't see them a short distance from the river, and everything is completely overgrown....was not fun in the least bit. It's better to make your own trail at this point, so I'm wondering if I can hack my own way up with a machete and then I should be somewhat okay I'm guessing once I'm about 2-3k away from the Skagit? Anyone have GPS points? I'll go back later this year..slash my way through and mark it with ribbon.
There was another couple trying to do the trail, but they looped back to the river just as I did. They were falling just as much as me...not my idea of fun that's for sure if I'm not in full armor suit....crazy
Greenarc is offline  
Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-14-2015, 07:31 PM
Summit Master
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 4,662
Default

The Galene Lakes trail in the Skagit Valley Provincial Park was brushed by a group of SCA students in 2006 and 2007, so it's been a while.

The BC Parks web site for Galene Lakes regrettably lists the trail as overgrown and not recommended.

If you are determined to get the GPS track, here are some resources:

The Student Conservation Association (http://www.thesca.org/) worked on the trail in 2006 and in 2007, and cleaned it all the way up to the lakes, so they may have the information you require.
The Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission (http:seec.org) provided funding for that effort.
Perhaps the Hope Mountain Centre (http://hopemountain.org/about/) has some information about the track as well, as it's in their area.

Good luck !! Let us know what you find out, the trails by Ross Lake are not easy but lead to splendid views.
seawallrunner is offline  
post #3 of (permalink) Old 06-14-2015, 09:17 PM
Headed for the Mountains
 
Whyte_Lake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Lower Mainland, BC
Posts: 177
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Greenarc View Post
There was another couple trying to do the trail, but they looped back to the river just as I did. They were falling just as much as me...not my idea of fun that's for sure if I'm not in full armor suit....crazy
This was my experience in Aug 2013. Just not possible with overnight packs, or even without frankly. The route finding was incredibly challenging and the blow down was tripping us every 3-5m. To top it all off, bugs near the river were brutal.

It's a shame really because the scenery at the top looks lovely and inviting, from what I have seen from photos.

Please do post back if you hack your way any higher I'd love to hear about it.
Whyte_Lake is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of (permalink) Old 06-25-2015, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
Headed for the Mountains
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Langley, BC
Posts: 104
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by seawallrunner View Post
The Galene Lakes trail in the Skagit Valley Provincial Park was brushed by a group of SCA students in 2006 and 2007, so it's been a while.

The BC Parks web site for Galene Lakes regrettably lists the trail as overgrown and not recommended.

If you are determined to get the GPS track, here are some resources:

The Student Conservation Association (http://www.thesca.org/) worked on the trail in 2006 and in 2007, and cleaned it all the way up to the lakes, so they may have the information you require.
The Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission (http:seec.org) provided funding for that effort.
Perhaps the Hope Mountain Centre (http://hopemountain.org/about/) has some information about the track as well, as it's in their area.

Good luck !! Let us know what you find out, the trails by Ross Lake are not easy but lead to splendid views.
Thanks for the info. I'll see if they have tracks otherwise I'll just look at the Google maps track plus the Skagit/Manning Map and build a route around that tough spot. I'd do it soon but it took so long to clean my car out of all the dirt/dust...probably looking at Septemberish
Greenarc is offline  
post #5 of (permalink) Old 06-26-2015, 03:08 AM
Off the Beaten Path
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Burnaby, BC, Canada.
Interest: Rock and Ice Climbing, mountaineering, AT skiing, xc skiing, backpacking, hiking...
Posts: 724
Default

If you take the same route we did you should have no problem.....The trail was well blazed from where you wade through the river.....Galene lakes, in my opinion, though are bleak and not at all appealing.

https://forums.clubtread.com/27-briti...14-2010-a.html
dblair likes this.
burndug is offline  
post #6 of (permalink) Old 07-01-2015, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
Headed for the Mountains
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Langley, BC
Posts: 104
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by burndug View Post
If you take the same route we did you should have no problem.....The trail was well blazed from where you wade through the river.....Galene lakes, in my opinion, though are bleak and not at all appealing.

https://forums.clubtread.com/27-briti...14-2010-a.html
Thanks for the reply...and the trip report. After I was there, all I could find on the net was that the Climber's route, or where the water crossing is, seems to be no problem really.
Thanks for the heads up on the destination too....this one may just be pushed off till next year. Just was camping at Hozomeen campground so I'd thought I'd give it a try
Greenarc is offline  
post #7 of (permalink) Old 07-07-2015, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
Headed for the Mountains
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Langley, BC
Posts: 104
Default

Noticed that the trail conditions for Manning Park on July 6 have now excluded Galene Lakes as one of the trails inside the park.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/exp...ail_report.pdf
Greenarc is offline  
post #8 of (permalink) Old 07-07-2015, 09:06 PM
Summit Master
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 4,662
Default

The trail is not in Manning Park.
seawallrunner is offline  
post #9 of (permalink) Old 07-07-2015, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
Headed for the Mountains
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Langley, BC
Posts: 104
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by seawallrunner View Post
The trail is not in Manning Park.
whoops Manning and Skagit seem like one to me sometimes. Thanks
Would be nice if a ranger came over from Manning and updated this:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/exp...ail-report.pdf

September 2014 is a long time away. I mean the province wants a world class trail system, but how are you supposed to really plan a trip as a visitor from Europe..
Greenarc is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome
 

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1