Hike to Cream Lake, BC

Rate this Adventure 12.4 miles 1312.3 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Jennie Sprigings

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.

Read More

Tags

Camping
Photography
Running
Swimming
Backpacking
Hiking
Forest
Lake

Reviews

Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike to Baby Bedwell & Bedwell Lake

    Driving: From Campbell River, take Highway 28 West to the bridge over Upper Campbell Lake/Buttle Lake. Do not cross the bridge, but take the road down the East side of Buttle Lake. Follow Buttle Lake road south to Jim Mitchell Lake road which is o...

    7.5 miles 2132.5 ft gain

  • Climb Mt. Septimus via the X-Gully

    Mt Septimus lies deep within the beautiful and untouched Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. The route takes you high into the alpine where you will cross glacial fed lakes amongst large peaks and thick forest. To climb Mt Septimus the route you ...

    16.8 miles 5905.5 ft gain

  • Hike To Mt. Myra's Summit

    Very few people know about this hidden gem which makes it less crowded and all the more special. The views and serenity that this place possess are what will really draw you in.The hike starts at the Westmin Mine parking lot, located 2 hours north...

  • Summit The Golden Hinde

    As Vancouver Island's highest peak, the Golden Hinde is an obvious draw for coastal climbers. Its gravitational pull, however, requires a commitment, given this crown jewel of the Island Alpine is also one of its most remote, and gains more elevat...

    40.4 miles 5987.5 ft gain