Day 1: Trailhead to Bedwell Lake
Weather: Partly cloudy with some cumulus over the mountains, mild
From Qualicum Beach it's actually pretty short as the crow flies to Bedwell Lake, but you have to drive all the way up to Campbell River, over to Campbell Lake, down Buttle Lake, and then up Thelwood Creek to the trailhead. In all, it's a 3 hour drive for not much straight line distance. It's still a generally nice ride, driving along the lake and below a somewhat recent burn. Much of the access is paved, until you get to the Thelwood Creek Road. The first part of the road is in good condition, whereafter you turn and start to climb steeply. Here we passed a Prius. The road was not actually that bad, just loose. It appeared a big flood in the recent past had washed out the road and the new surface was not well consolidated. In any case, it was an easy pass in the 4-Runner and we are soon at the trailhead.
The parking area at the trailhead is not very large, maybe enough space for 6-8 cars. Of course one can park along the road too. When we got there we saw a small Toyota had made it up, and we decided it was a little silly... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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