May 22, 2011I was first surprised by the lack of signage to the park. I expected at least the regular provincial sign that I am used to see in provincial parks. Second, I was surprised by the lack of people especially for the long weekend. There are four cabins in the park and I think the park is underrated. We only saw 6 people in total.
I wasn't aware of NcNair Cabin which was a treat to find near our destination. It seems most people in Winter head to Edwards Cabin and some to Steele Cabin. The trail to Edwards Lake was broken but there was again lack of markers but might just hidden in snow. It could be better in Summer.
After Edwards cabin, we broke the trail towards Chapman Lake. The trail crosses Chapman creek about half way but we missed the turn and we became on the other side of the lake. We reached to a creek that we couldn't cross. We had four options: return back to Edwards Cabin, turn back and look for the bridge that we missed, camp where we were, or cross Chapman Lake. We chose the last one. The lake was getting melted in some sections but we managed to cross it without a problem but I expect it will not be crossable any more soon.
McNair Cabin was in good condition and it is located truly in serene location.
Our objective was to summit Panther but I was pretty exhausted from the night before. I also had some concerns of crossing the lake on the next day and the tight schedule for the ferry.
I think this is an awesome place to spend an overnight if not more.
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