Photos, Hiking the Stein Valley

by Gerald Oskoboiny


I went on a hiking trip in the Stein Valley with my roommate Eric, his friends Darren and Fish, and Fish's two dogs Nico and Biggs, from June 30 to July 3 2006.

We drove as far as we could up Blowdown Pass, scrambled up a nearby peak, then camped nearby on another before continuing down into the valley.

Due to a bit of goofing around when we arrived, time spent bushwhacking and some trouble with the dogs we only made it about 15km away from the truck before heading back, but I don't think my feet would have held out if we had gone further anyway.

The trail kept getting better and better the longer we continued; it would be great to do the whole valley someday. (but that would probably be a 7-day expedition)

Here are some of my photos:

Photo: Mount Currie

Mount Currie

Photo: Lower Joffre Lake

Lower Joffre Lake

Photo: Lower Joffre Lake

Lower Joffre Lake

Photo: On the road

On the road

Photo: Driving up

Driving up

Photo: Fish and dingoes

Fish and dingoes

Photo: Cooling down

Cooling down

Photo: Driving up

Driving up

Photo: 8-point turn

8-point turn

Photo: Parked

Parked

Photo: Blowdown Lake

Blowdown Lake

Photo: Blowdown Lake and Pass

Blowdown Lake and Pass

Photo: Ready to rock

Ready to rock

Photo: Climbing Peak #1

Climbing Peak #1

Photo: Cheers

Cheers

Photo: On Peak #1

On Peak #1

Photo: ?? Peak

?? Peak

Photo: Fish

Fish

Photo: Stein Valley

Stein Valley

Photo: Dingo

Dingo

Photo: View from peak #1

View from peak #1

Photo: Descending

Descending

Photo: Blowdown Lake and Pass

Blowdown Lake and Pass

Photo: Past the pass

Past the pass

Photo: Stein Valley

Stein Valley

Photo: Stein Valley

Stein Valley

Photo: Camp with a view

Camp with a view

Photo: Feeding time

Feeding time

Photo: Stein Valley

Stein Valley

Photo: Stein Valley

Stein Valley

Photo: Jager

Jager

Photo: Jager

Jager

Photo: Batman shadow

Batman shadow

Photo: Looking up

Looking up

Photo: Camp site #1

Camp site #1

Photo: Camp site #1

Camp site #1

Photo: Fish

Fish

Photo: Eric

Eric

Photo: Fire and moon

Fire and moon

Photo: Hiking the ridge

Hiking the ridge

Photo: Stein Valley

Stein Valley

Photo: Camp site #2

Camp site #2

Photo: Stein Valley

Stein Valley

Photo: Stein Valley

Stein Valley

Photo: Peak flag

Peak flag

Photo: Darren and Eric with flag

Darren and Eric with flag

Photo: Bear-proofing our food

Bear-proofing our food

Photo: Leaving site #2

Leaving site #2

Photo: Crossing a stream

Crossing a stream

Photo: Meadow

Meadow

Photo: Eric with sundog

Eric with sundog

Photo: Stein Valley

Stein Valley

Photo: Bridge

Bridge

Photo: View from Huckleberry Landing

View from Huckleberry Landing

Photo: Stein Valley

Stein Valley

Photo: Stein Valley

Stein Valley

Photo: End of the line

End of the line

Photo: Moon and contrail

Moon and contrail

Photo: Camp site #3

Camp site #3

Photo: Heading back

Heading back

Photo: Eric with broken tree

Eric with broken tree

Photo: Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Photo: Stein Valley

Stein Valley

Photo: Meadow

Meadow

Photo: Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Photo: Campsite #2

Campsite #2

Photo: Stein Valley

Stein Valley

Photo: Success!

Success!

Photo: Blowdown Lake

Blowdown Lake

Photo: Blowdown Lake

Blowdown Lake


We didn't see any other humans in the four days we were there, only a black bear, bobcat, goats and marmots. The weather was fantastic the whole time, maybe 25-30C and sunny during the day, and just a bit chilly at night.

I can't believe this amazing place is less than 100km from my new home :)

waypoints from my GPS:


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