This was my son's and nephew's first backwoods camping trip so we took some time to determine the exact right blend of distance, elevation gain and end of trail reward.
I think we did well. The trail is relatively easy even for a 9 year old carrying his own share of the camping supplies. The lake and its mountain backdrop are quite beautiful although the beach access to the lake is a little marshy and some care needs to be taken or you will end up with wet feet.
There is a bridge at the approximate halfway point that has been destroyed. This required us to hike straight through. We met up with a couple later that day and they told us of a log about 100M down the river that they used to cross. For us it didn't seem daunting enough to bushwhack to the log so we splashed through on our way back as well.
We set up camp on Sat afternoon, enjoyed the rest of the day meandering around camp, starting a fire, teaching the kids how to string a food cache and basically doing nothing.
The couple that mentioned the log crossing had moved on to the other side of the lake and set up camp there for some solitude which left our group to our own devices.
That evening the kids enjoyed trying out their new headlamps and roasting marshmallows over the fire on their self-whittled sticks. At some point in the middle of the night my son decided a bathroom trip was in order. While standing outside in the wonderfully comfortable weather he said, "Doesn't it seem like we're in the middle of nowhere?". I couldn't agree more and it was fantastic.
The weather held for us and didn't start raining until we were driving away from the trail head and just about to get back on the Coquihalla Hwy.
A great weekend with family!! ...