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We weren't sure about this trail as the sign signify that this is a 9 hour each way trek. What they don't say is that it only that long if you have a packsack and one leg. Its actually around 9 hours return. The trail itself starts of from the main Campbell to Gold River Road and follow Elk River for several mile. The begining section of the walk takes you through the trees so there isn't really much to see for the first couple of hours. There is a campsite half way along the trail and then another at Landslide Lake which is the final destination of the trail. The trail isn't that steep but it is long and you don't start feeling the pain until you reach the 1km to Landslide Lake sign which also marks the steppest part of the hike. Landslide lake however is beautiful. We weren't brave enough to take a dip but others did manage to experience the glacial water, enticing as it looks its also very cold. The walk back to the carpark is just as almost as long as the outward journey shaving maybe 15 to 30 mins off. We finished in 8 hours which allowed time for lunch at the lake. There were a few people around but given the legnth of th trail you'll find yourselves alone for hours at a time. This is a great trek that doesn't involved hours of continuous climbing.
Written Oct 11, 2006
The trek to Bedwell Lake is one of the most popular trails in the Park and involves driving along an off road course which isn't recomended for small cars (as we found out half way through the drive lol!). Many folks were camping at bedwell and then moving on to other trails from thereon but for us the destination were the two B's. Giben its poularity the trail was busy and it was difficult try and maintain a pace that kept us alone. The trail itself was moderate, not too steep but steep enough to give you a good work out. There are several areas that had ladders and rope so if you bring your dog remember that you're going to have carry the canine at certain spots. You first come to Baby Bedwell Lake which has the main campground and then you get to the regular Bedwell Lake which was surrounded by ice pack in late August. The views are worth it and we really enjoyed the hike. I can't remember how long it took us though but less than the suggested time that for sure. The trail is well marked and it would be very difficult to get lost given that there were so many people hiking. Your should also be aware that this trail goes through bear country and we even encountered a mother with her cubs on route. Luckily for us novice Canadians a group of around 20 Forestry student were in front of us and wouldn't let us pass until they were confident the coast was clear.
Written Oct 11, 2006