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A two night trip to the Emma Lake hut
Timestamp Free: 2017.11.20 - 10:19:14
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Powell Divide
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 1000m
Participants: Len and Alida Zedel
Difficulty: 3: The hike to Emma Lake from the Goat branch B is a stiff hike, steep in places but there is little exposure and the trail is clear to follow.
We hiked up and spent three days of easy hiking in the spectacular Emma Lake area. We experienced solitude, peace and an aviation extravaganza.
My daughter identified three goals for our proposed trip: somewhere I had never been before, not crowded, and an alpine lake in which to swim. After extensive contemplation and revision which included multiple consults with Bivouac I selected Emma Lake. This was an area that I had heard about before but had never had the opportunity to visit and I wanted to experience walking on the wide granite slabs.

My time window was not large; I had a total of 10 days in B.C., Alida and I had to spend the mandatory day or two climbing in Squamish and I had to visit my parents in Victoria. Further complicating the scheduling was the fact that the Goat Lake logging road was active so that driving during weekday working hours was to be avoided. Oh yes, and did you know that Powell River is one ferry too far away from anything? As a result we had to factor the ferry schedules into our journey. The final compromise saw us traveling from Squamish to Powell River on a Thursday catching the noon ferry from Horseshoe Bay. And so, that is a good place to actually start telling our story.

Thursday, August 17. The first ferry trip to Langdale was uneventful although after the physical abuse of our two days of Squamish climbing I was thankful to be lounging around watching the ocean slide by. I could not afford to miss the 3:15 pm sailing from Earls Cove so upon arrival at Langdale we just motored along up the Sechelt Peninsula without stopping for any breaks. We arrived comfortably to give us time to eat a mango while waiting for the ferry.

For the ferry ride through Jervis Inlet I couldn't help but stay up on deck to look around. I had spent a lot of time on the water in that area growing up and I was keen to spot all the old landmarks. What did catch me off guard was the...

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