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Generic Mountain Nomenclature: Trip to Bedwell Lake
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.21 - 10:27:19
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 1220m
Participants: Lucas Earl, Doug Hopwood
Difficulty: 3: Low class 3 to get up to summit ridge of Tom Taylor, easy hiking otherwise.
Hike to Bedwell Lake, attempt on Big Interior Mtn., visit to Cream Lake, and hike up north summit of Mt. Tom Taylor
I spent summer 2015 on Vancouver Island, and with August winding down I was still looking for a good short backpacking trip. The extensive fires on the mainland had made finding a destination difficult, and with the weather just starting to change I wanted to take advantage of the last bit of good hiking weather. My uncle and I settled on the Bedwell Lake area, which was relatively nearby and offered a number of summiting opportunities. With a set of "mix of sun and cloud" days in the forecast before a switch to rain, we packed up and set off, borrowing a friends' 4-Runner due to uncertainty regarding access to the trailhead.

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...

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