October 19, 2018
The bridge over Hell Roaring Creek has been removed for the winter.
Photo by J. Lucas
Hikers should be aware that there is an annual activity of placing a bridge over Hell Roaring Creek in the spring, and removing it in the fall. There is no set date for this to happen. This means for early and late season hikes, this bridge may not be there making the crossing impossible or very hazardous. The bridge is a very interesting design with a simple manual installation procedure.
The bridge was engineered and built by the Recreational Trails BC and then flown into the bridge site. Each year it has to be removed and stored in the forest. The bridge is locked and can not be installed by just any early season hiker. The reason for this annual STMS activity is that the creek channels avalanches and has high spring runoff creating a significant risk of the bridge being swept away or washed out.
July, 2018: the road is in rough shape approximately a 1/2 km from the trail head due to an avalanche, there are places where a high clearance vehicle is recommended.
LAKE OF THE HANGING GLACIER UPDATE:
September 27, 2018: A group of 10 people worked on clearing over 150 fallen trees from the trail at the Lake of the Hanging Glacier. We are happy to report that the trail is clear for anyone to hike without having to climb, duck or go around fallen trees. All of the trail crew got to fly in to the lake by a Coldstream Helicopter supplied by Forestry and joined by three Pioneer work crew and three first attack fire crew and an expert tree faller. Thanks again to the "A Team" for a wonderful job making Lake of the Hanging Glacier hike safe again and easier to walk. This would not have happened without all your help.
Please note that we will be removing the bridge across Hell Roaring Creek after Thanksgiving, so if you're hoping to make this hike this year, now is your opportunity to enjoy the fall colours on the hike.