The route to Darkside Lake and Beeker's Hut follows the Steep Creek FSR for roughly 5km to the road terminus. There are two junctions on route: you stick left at the first major switchback where a spur road wanders right (it is possible to exit via this spur road after skiing "chute 56." Thus, it is common to see tracks regaining the FSR coming from this direction). The second junction comes shortly up the road, this time you stick right and head into an alder-pressed ascent. From the end of the road a trail continues on climber's left of Steep Creek, until a final ascent brings one into the mountain-ringed basin of Darkside Lake.
Said approach took us about 2 hours with frozen nostril hairs and little talking. Moonlight flooded the walls of Darkside Peak as we gained the basin making for a spectacular entrance. We stood out on the frozen lake in awe, dreaming and plotting. We then found the cabin in full swing: a 40th birthday party was taking place (nurses!) and it didn't take us long to warm up and make ourselves at home in the cozy shack.
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