Distance done: 10.5Km Elevation done: 460m
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Cerise Creek trail map
Take Highway 99 (Sea to Sky) to Pemberton. Continue on Highway 99 to Mount Currie, and turn right toward Lillooet. Continue on highway 99 (Duffey Lake Road) and pass the Joffre Lakes Provincial Park parking lot. Cerise Creek trailhead is not marked and hard to find. It is located about 3.3Km pass the green-roof warehouse where there is "End Avalanche Area" yellow sign on the other side of the road. This is the Summer trailhead. The winter one is few hundred meters before it. If you reached Duffy Lake, you went too far.
Summer trail to Keith's Hut:
Park on the highway. The trailhead is not marked. It is located opposite of the "End Avalanche Area" sign. Once you find the trailhead, the trail is well flagged. After about 200m from the highway, you will cross the first bridge and enter a second-growth forest. After 1.4Km or 20 minutes you will reach a logging road, where you turn left. Follow the road for 0.5Km to the next fork, turn right. Follow this branch of the logging road for another 0.5Km where the trail enters the forest again. It stays in the forests for another 1Km and it crosses two more creeks.
At 3.6Km from the trailhead, you will reach a small meadow and you will have good view of Joffre Peak. At 4Km, there is a fork with a sign "Glacier - Hut", take right. The trail climbs steeply. On the left side of the trail, you will see a bolder field. The trail switches back and forth few times before it crosses the bolder field at 4.5Km. Keith Hut is 0.5Km away from this point. The trail grade becomes more gentle when it gets closer the hut and passes by small pond just 100m away from the hut.
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Su-Laine @ Cerise Creek
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Aug 07, 2011
Never found the trailhead. Here is what we did find: - Instructions in the 2008 edition of "103 Hikes" don't work. They have you turning right at the logging road and I'm pretty sure you should turn left. - The first option described in http://www.livetrails.com/trail/12/Cerise_Creek was a clearly flagged trail at least up to and onto the logging road. - If you turn left onto the logging road and walk a few hundred metres, there is a bit of a clearing that we mistook for the fork at which you're supposed to turn right. Somewhere in the clearing there is one piece of pink flagging tape. After unsuccessfully trying to find more, we turned back and discovered that the abundant flagging along the logging road continued further on. - Found this set of instructions after getting home, and it looks good: http://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=31433 For various reasons, we decided this hike wasn't in the cards for today. Might try again in the fall or winter.
Ahmad @ Cerise Creek
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Jul 30, 2011
I haven't been to this area and was pleasantly surprised. The trail is well marked and in a decent condition. It is almost clear of snow except the last 200m in distance off the hut. The hut was packed with people but when I asked if there was still room, they said yes. I met also 3 more people heading up on my way down. The trailhead is not marked and hard to find especially if there were no cars parked. Drive pass Joffre Lakes. You will see a green-roof warehouse. Zero your odometer and drive 3.3Km and notice the avalanche sign. The trail has 4 sections: forested, logging road, forested, small meadows where you can have a good view to Joffre Peak, and the 200m steep climb to the hut. Ok 5 sections. Total time took 3:30 hours with a short break. I forgot to mention that I saw a small bear on the road close to the trailhead and the mosqitoes especially in the first sections where it was quite muddy..
Sean @ Cerise Creek
Date: Jul 18, 2009
Construction workers resurfacing Duffy Lake Rd turned us around as huge trucks were loading fill off the Cerise Creek Main logging road used to access this trail. So check road conditons before going up there this summer.
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Andrew @ Cerise Creek
Date: May 31, 2009
Conditions are changing rapidly - snow is melting very quickly, we saw significant amounts of snow disappear in 24 hours. As of Sunday, there was snow along most of the trail, starting approximately at the third creek crossing, soon after the trail meets the alder-choked road. Snow was very slushy in the warm temperatures, postholing was common even with snowshoes. Trail is not well-flagged, especially in the early portions past the former 4WD parking area. While snow still covers the footbed, significant routefinding difficulties may be encountered. Creek crossings were hazardous - high and fast water levels at present due to spring melt. The third bridge has been mostly removed - there is now a log crossing which was partially submerged in the current during our trip. We crossed on crampons but risk was high. Photos attached to this report also include a trip up to Vantage Peak, beyond the hut.
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