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Gandalf, Aragorn and Shadowfax from the Brian Waddington Hut
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.06 - 20:17:55
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Cadwallader Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Rhys Gibb, Lesli Cowan
A day trip from the Brian Waddington Memorial Hut to Gandalf, Aragorn and Shadowfax
It was August, we had a week of holidays to use, and we had no definite hiking or climbing plans. We were thinking of going to the Rogers Pass area, but the weather was looking quite marginal. We thought about Edith Cavell but the Jasper forecast was even worse. The forecast was for most areas was something like 40% chance of rain for the next 4 days with 100% chance 5 days out. We wanted to do something, but didn't want to spend 8 or 14 hours driving to a destination only to look at the rain from our tent. Then we hit on the idea of heading up to the Brian Waddington Memorial Hut at Phelix Creek. We had heard great things about it. It was only 3 hours away. It was a short hike in, and we would have a cabin to hide in if the weather turned crappy. A perfect destination!

To get there, you take the Pemberton/D'Arcy road, taking the road to Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park. Just after crossing Phelix Creek and just before the park entrance, you turn right onto the Phelix Creek Forest Service road. The road crosses the creek at 3 km. You take a left fork, then re-cross the creek at 4 km, then keep right at the next fork. At this point the road gets a little rougher. On our way back we noted that a 4WD GMC truck was stopped at this point but this was due to the tentativeness of the driver rather than the limitations of the vehicle. The road had some significant water bars but was in good 4WD shape otherwise. We were able to drive to the end of the road at 5.5 km in my Jeep.

The trail follows the old de-constructed road for about 300-400 meters to a very large boulder, then drops and crosses to the east side of the creek. It's well marked although a little overgrown with a few deadfalls. It took us 3 hours with full packs to "Long Lake" and the cabin at the westernmost...

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