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Downton Creek Trail
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This is the trail that goes to the first lake, also known (unofficially) as Holly Lake, and referred to as the Downton Alpine Lake trail in the "Canyon to Alpine" hiking book.
Just beyond the landing, look for flagging and a tree stump with a sign saying "TRAIL". This stump may have an old enamel teapot perched on top. Follow the trail through the re-growing cutblock into the forest where it climbs fairly steeply to reach open meadows on the south face of a ridge. At the end of the meadows, there is a junction. The trail turns left towards the lake (continuing straight leads to the open terrain on the way to Statimcets Peak, referred to as Peak 8700 in the Scrambles book), crossing a small creek and reaching it within 10 minutes.
There are a few flat spots for camping here but there are no facilities so practice Leave No Trace camping.
The trail continues beyond the lake towards a second lake (known as Lorna Lake). The trail peters out in wet meadows, and is marked with pink/orange flagging for a short distance before that runs out too just after another creek is crossed. Continue straight up the creek to reach the open meadows (if heading for Linus, or an alternative approach to Statimcets). To reach the lake, just pick the easiest way through the trees to reach the small outlet creek. The scramble up to Soprano Peak begins here.
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Andy @ Downton Creek Trail
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Sep 22, 2012
Yet another place that's been on our ever-lengthening "to visit" list. A remarkably short and easy hike in to a wonderful wilderness destination. Despite its reputation for being windy, we had the calmest, quietest camping experience we've ever had. Not a breath of wind, the lakes and tarns were like mirrors. And so, so quiet (apart from whistling marmots and squeaky pikas). It was bliss. We saw only 5 people and 3 dogs on the trail all weekend, all of whom were day visitors. The flowers were almost all gone so the meadows were golden brown. I suspect they would have been a riot of colour a month earlier. No sign of any bears though this is grizzly territory. Good camping spots near the lakes are actually few and far between. The meadows near the lakes are wet and boggy and don't make good camp sites. More camping options can be found higher up at the lake below Linus and the Faulty Tower, or at the tarn mentioned in the Scrambles book. I imagine that bugs are fierce here in the more »
Pardeep @ Downton Creek Trail
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Aug 04, 2012
[UPDATED!] The road is washing out! 4.4km after you turn left onto a road with a sign reading "Downton Creek" there is a washout. It was passable at the time we went, but it'll only get worse. Furthermore, in Matt Gunn's book, "Scrambles in Southwestern British Columbia", he writes that at the 5.7km mark, from the turn off off Duffey lake road onto the one with the sign "Downton Creek", to go right. This is NOT correct, you should go left! Also, he states the map reference as 92J/8 Duffey Lake, it is actually 92J/9 Shalalth. That last bit of information was taken from the updates page of his publishing company's website.
Vancouverist @ Downton Creek Trail
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Sep 06, 2011
Labour Day weekend getaway with some close friends and their visitors from Germany. Not many people up there, and we did a fun scramble. Next time, I'd go with someone with 4WD- we ended up walking a big chunk of the road to get to the trailhead (but then again, my friend is more conservative with his 2wd than I am with mine )
Ben @ Downton Creek Trail
Date: Aug 27, 2011
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