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Gwillim Lakes Professional Review and Guide
"For lovers of towering granite peaks and rock-gouging glaciers, this is a particularly scenic hike high into British Columbia’s Valhalla Provincial Park. Hikers must see this place to believe it—124,000 acres with no roads and only six trails penetrating into the boundaries. This is grizzly country and no pets are allowed. This alpine lake is above timberline and clearcuts and holds trout known to rise to a Royal Wulff or Black Gnat. Around the west or left side of Drinnon Lake the trail wanders, climbing somewhat to Drinnon Pass. A few small alpine tarns and campsites exist around the pass area and excellent vistas of the peaks behind Gwillim Lakes and Gregorio Peak to the west invite the mountaineer. This is some of the best scenery in North America."
--Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers, 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest (The Mountaineers Books).
This was a great trip, with excellent scenery. The trail was well-maintained through to the upper 2 Gwillim Lakes. We camped at Wicca lake (the second camping area located at Drinnon Pass). It was beautiful, and not nearly as busy as the third camping area at Gwillim Lakes basin. The campsites are well-maintained with great views. We didn't see too much wildlife, with the exception of a couple of very friendly deer that tromped around the area consistently all night.
We did do the side trip up to Lucifer Pass. It was an amazing view, but quite a trek. When they say the trail is "nonexistant", they aren't joking. There are a few rock carins to mark the way, but early in the season you'd be on your own. It was definitely a beautiful view from the top though, and we didn't find anyone else goofy enough to attempt the pass on this trip. So if you're looking for a little bit of solitude on a popular trail, it's worth a try.
All in all, it's a worthwhile trip to a beautiful and rugged park.
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