This beautiful hike takes you through old growth forest, over rocky bluffs, around alpine lakes, while offering stunning mountain views. Cream Lake is a deep turquoise glacier lake at the base of Mt. Septimis, located in the heart of Strathcona Provincial Park.

The hike to Cream Lake starts at the trailhead for the Bedwell Lake trail, which you can find directions to here.

From Bedwell Lake the trail to Cream Lake heads Eastward from the campground (past the outhouse), and begins climbing steadily. Shortly you will reach a waterfall with the trail climbing along the side, once past the top of the waterfall you will find yourself standing on the shore of Little Jim Lake. The trail continues on the left side of the lake, and shortly begins a gradual climb up Drinkwater Pass all while gaining views of Mt. Septimus and Nine Peaks in the distance. Follow the trail along the bench, using Mt. Septimus as your bearing (unless there is fresh snow the trail should be very obvious), after passing several other very small lakes you will come to a high point looking over Cream Lake. From here the trail descents quickly and brings you down to the shore of Cream Lake. It is possible to camp here, but be aware that it is a backcountry campground without any facilities. There is an enormous boulder (trust me, you will know the one) with space at the base to camp, which will offer some protection from the weather.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water bottle + filter
  • Camera
  • First Aid
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RT Distance 12.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 1312.3 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Running, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Lake

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