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Taking Kids June 2009
posted by: mamamadu   email this member
Posted Monday, Jun 15 at 5:52 PM
Mon, Jun 15 at 05:52 PM
Regarding trail Twin Lakes - Melvin Divide near Pemberton, BC

I am taking my boys (5 and 7) on this hike at the end of June, we are hoping to stay for one night. Any tips, ideas or warnings?

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trailpeak  email this member
Posted Wednesday, Jun 24 at 2:18 PM
Wed, Jun 24 at 02:18 PM
hmm, although this is fantastic scenery, with a Chilcotin like alpine of rust coloured peaks and great views, it's not a walk in the park. First, you have to get a good ways up a logging road (washouts each year and certainly there is a big one that will halt your vehicle). Last year, when we attempted this (with bikes), we intended to get part way up and bike the rest. It was the day of the freak windstorms in Vancouver/Whistler, and branches, hail, and everything else was flying around. We turned around -0- and a tree had fallen across the road. Fortunately, with some branch clearing, we could drive under it.

On a previous trip the year before, we parked half way up the logging road, and, rode (a grunt) the rest of the way. Once in the meadow, it's spectacular, and, after you get into Alpine, you've got another 5km or so to the lakes, with some serious steep terrain towards these lakes. It was a great day trip for us, and we had bikes, and I still felt tired out. It's also grizzly country, and, as the log book in the small cabin in the meadow notes, they are spotted on occasion up there. ATV'ers do use this area.

Overall, wonderful destination. The getting there part will be tough and 5-7 year olds as the contingencies are not simple, it's remote country. Better options would be alpine that don't involve such a long approach. Possibly Whistler Gondola, once on Alpine, head over Picolo and so on to Russet Lake to camp.

A nice trek over at Cheakamus Lake is good for youngsters also.

Have fun.


trails page for mamamaduRe: Taking Kids June 2009
mamamadu  email this member
Posted Friday, Jun 26 at 9:34 PM
Fri, Jun 26 at 09:34 PM
Thank You Kurt, your experience is helpful, and information useful. I will fill you in on how it goes. And we are off...

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