A sunny mid-week day and a Wanderung callout to go someplace good (thanks Will!) )made this a no-brainer for me. A great day out - five of us squeezed into our CR-V and enjoyed a leisurely hike up to the lake and the toe of the glacier. Took us 3 hours to get to the lake, and a little under two-and-a-half back down.
The trail is in decent shape and definitely not as bad as I remember. The worst parts are on the first couple of switchbacks in the trees where the slope is badly eroded. Not too muddy either, which suited me as I was forced to wear runners while my boots were being repaired (thanks to the hike up Salal Creek). The final steep climb was frozen: to my surprise this made the ascent quite easy as the gravel and dirt were frozen in place. A couple of spots were icy but they were easy to work around. But it might be worth throwing the microspikes or YakTrax into your pack as a matter of course from now on.
The road isn't too bad: it's been better but it's also been a lot worse. It has many ruts carved out by spinning wheels which we managed to drive over thanks to the higher clearance. But with care lower clearance vehicles have no issues: we saw two Priuses at the trailhead on our way out.
The glacier has retreated some more even in the 2 years since I was last here. It's remarkable to be able to see glacial retreat over the span of just a few years - looking back at my pictures from my first visit (8 years ago to the day - almost...) the glacier must have retreated somewhere in the region of 40-50 metres.
The outhouse by the cabin is getting pretty full... Yuck. :-(
Something to look out for in the future is there may be logging and/or a new road being put in along the trail before crossing Wedgemount Creek. We saw lots of flagging marking road centre lines and boundaries, which in several places followed the trail. No idea where it's going or what the timescale is either. The BC Parks page doesn't mention anything about it - I'll see if I can find out more and update this post accordingly.
Wildlife sightings: we heard many pikas and marmots, encountered a group of 7 ptarmigan just before the lake and spotted a lone mountain goat high up on the bluffs, in pretty much exactly the same place I saw one two years ago. How cool is that? :-)
More photos will be added to the Flickr set in time...