Bugaboos viewed from Chalice ridge. Photo by Joe Lucas
Road Directions to Chalice Creek Trail
Chalice Creek Trail Map
The trail is now clear of trees and 90% of the trail has been brushed. The last 2.8 km of the road is passable with one water-bar that has been undercut by water and is of concern. A temporary fix should last the season but a high-clearance vehicle is a must to make it to the trailhead.
A STMS work crew of 8 volunteers spent the day brushing the trail and clearing tree-fall July 24th. Arriving at the trail at 8:30, half the team installed the sign-in box at the trailhead before hiking a little less that half way up the trail and brushed the trail down to the trailhead. The other half accepted a helicopter ride to the top with two chainsaws and worked down to the trailhead. Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) Bugaboos, always willing to help, generously provided a flight for the crew with all their heavy equipment to the top. Working down the trail the chainsaw crew removed 20-30 trees before reaching the meadows. About 2.5 km from the trailhead the crew came across a large avalanche debris field that had knocked 30-40 trees down. This combined with 3-5 feet of snow and dirt, covered the trail for about 80-100 metres. Not being able to follow the trail, the crew did carve out a route through the debris field and flagged it. There are plans for a crew to return after the snow has melted to continue their work on re-establishing the trail. There is more snow on the ridge than usual at this time, but it is hikeable. Both log bridges are intact and the newly installed log bridge just before the meadows survived the winter and the spring run off in good shape.