The Lake of the
of glacial ice the size of automobiles falling a thousand feet
in the middle of the night will wake you up and leave you wondering
if you are camping in the wrong place. The first time that my
wife Barbara and I hiked into this spectacular setting we were
astonished at what we found.
an encounter with a full grown moose on the trail. Then the spectacular
scenery when we arrived at the lake... A wall of ice a hundred
feet high where the glacier enters the lake, with bergs calving
into the lake. The crash and roar of ice fall from the hanging
glacier. As we cooked our supper on our backpack stove a mountain
goat wandered near by and continued to munch the vegetation within
a stones throw of our camp. As twilight faded to a moon less
darkness we were treated to the most spectacular display of Northern
Lights that I have ever seen in my life.
this sound like Alaska, or some place that would require months
of planning and spending many dollars to get to? Well, yes it
does, but most folks in the Spokane area are unaware that this
spot can be reached in a long two day weekend or an easier three
day weekend from Spokane, Washington.
are some challenges that you will need to deal with, however.
After about a three hundred mile drive on excellent highways
to Radium Hot Springs, BC, your go approximately 30 miles west
up Horsethief Creek on relatively bad forest road with bridges
that may or may not be washed out. The hike from the trail head
goes through avalanche rubble and a tangle of avalanche downed
trees up to a rather difficult river crossing of Horsethief Creek
to the South. There may or may not be a footbridge here as it
tends to wash out. Then the trail which may be difficult to locate
on the south side of the creek ascends another 1,500 feet in
steady switch backs until you see a striking waterfall, above
which you will find the northern end of the lake as shown in
the photo above.
To be continued...