Elevation : 600m
22km, 6-8h for the round-trip to the Elfin Lake Hut
1h45 from Vancouver
You will need a 4×4 to get up the road to the trailhead during the winter : Make sure you have winter tires or chains and look at the snow conditions before you leave…. The trail is marked but can be tricky when there is a lot of snow and low visibility. Make sure you have a map and at least one person is equipped with a GPS if the weather forecast says it might get cloudy/snowy. You can stop to warm up at the Red Heather Hut on the way…
We took a week-end for a friend birthday and went all the way to the Elfin Lake Hut for the night.
The hut has gas stoves and some big pots to melt the snow for everybody. I would still recommend bringing your own small stove if you need to cook something longer for your lunches. Get to the hut early if you want to make sure you have a bed upstair.. it fills up really quickly, and you might have to sleep outside if it’s full (bring a tent just in case…). You will have to pay 15$ for the night to stay in the hut (pay online or cash at the trailhead).
On our second day we got more lucky and the sky cleared up for us a bit. We couldn’t see Diamond Head and all the scenery around but we still had enough view to make all this effort totally worth it :o) ! I would definitely recommend this trip!