hike the Stein Divide, British Columbia

The Province of British Columbia has over 800 Provincial Parks and Recreation Areas.

At over 250,000 acres, Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park is one of these large parks.

The park protects the entire extent of the Stein River making it the last fully intact watershed in the Southwestern mainland of BC.

The river supports five species of salmon while the surrounding valleys and mountains are home to a full range of wildlife INCLUDING resident Grizzly Bears and wolverines!

This was a place that I was dying to visit, and my chance came in September 2005. A cancelled trip to Yellowstone left me with a week of free time.

We had hoped to walk over the Stein Divide and then proceed past Tundra Lake and down to Stein Lake in the Stein River valley proper. Unfortunately the trail was rough, and in many areas there was no trail, just a route marked by cairns. We spent a lot of time hopping across boulders large and small. Our progress was slow, and we had to scale back our plans and turn back at Tundra Lake. We did so with great regret but as the saying goes, “it’s best to leave a place hungry.” We did and I hope we and others will come back.

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Check out the great photos of the trip.

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