NTS Map:92F12, NTS Map92F5. Short but sweet. There is big elevation gain over a short distance. The trail is in great shape with bridges over all creeks. Baby Bedwell lake is spectacular with several brand new tent platforms. Hikers can also continue to Bedwell Lake a few Km farther. There can be lots of snow, even on June 10th.
From Campbell River, take Hiway 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 for 41km to Jim Mitchell.
Follow Buttle Lake road south to Jim Mitchell Lake road which is on the left just after the Thelwood Creek Bridge. Follow this dirt road about 7 km to the trailhead.
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Posted By: DavidHadaller
- Thu Jul 21 03:50:33 EDT 2011
UpsideVery well maintained trail, excellent water flows and mountain scenery!
DownsideWe also experienced overcast weather (July 2011) and missed out on the amazing views.
CommentI put together a video tour of the trail with pics and vids from our group's hike in July 2011. Check it out here: http://www.aboutcomoxvalley.com/your-comox-valley/video-tour-bedwell-trail
Posted By: douglas nc adams
- Mon Jul 04 14:28:54 EDT 2011
UpsideJune 30th 2011. Trail can be followed until 600 metre mark (up to the two wooden bridges) after that you are at the snow line.
DownsideTrail below cliffs, the metal steps and metal ladder up the cliff, before the saddle to Baby Bedwell, is covered in 1.5 metres of wet snow. The ladders and steps cannot be seen and the trail is not marked at this stage.
CommentOur party of three experienced walkers started out from the carpark and 8.45pm. We got the the cliff at 900 metre level at 10.15pm. Getting dark and could not find route up cliff. Camped out on snow (it rained heavily over night) and found a route half way up cliff face where some small trees were growing. Climbed up through trees for about 10 metres and then up a steep snow bank and quickly found a step of steps hidden under 1.5 metres of snow. Turned right and made it through the watershed saddle to Baby Bedwell campsite. Whole area covered in 1.5 metres of wet snow. Camping platforms cannot be seen. Could not find bear safe cache. Lake under 1 metre of ice. Heavy fog and low cloud. Could not see to other side of lake or the trail up over to Big Bedwell. Could not see any mountains. Weather forecast not good. We were cold, wet, no spare clothing, sleeping bags damp so decided to cut losses and made our way back down to Ralph River campsite to dry out. Met three other two person groups going up to Bedwell on Canada Day. They were also intending to camp out at Baby or Big Bedwell. We enjoyed our day walks to Myra falls, Elk River Trail to Landslide lake. I suggest that snow will stay until late August. If camping above the snow line I recommend winter clothing and spare clothes. Pack everything in waterproof bags. Wet snow seems to seep into everything. Have fun and hope the weather improves.
Posted By: haugus
- Sat Jul 24 01:30:02 EDT 2010
QuestionWe want to attempt a multiple day hike to della falls via bedwell lake trail. Does any one have any route suggestions or know what condition these trails are?ANSWERS are in this forum: della falls via bedwell lake trail?
Posted By: koshel
- Thu Sep 24 19:18:42 EDT 2009
QuestionI've uploaded a .gpx file onto this website, and it shows everywhere i've been with the GPS unit. I have a Garmin Nuvi 550W, anyone have any clue how i would be able to clear out the cache and be able to upload only the trail, and not the line that leads right to my home?ANSWERS are in this forum: .GPX files.
Posted By: victoria2
- Mon Jul 28 19:04:20 EDT 2008
QuestionI would like to take a large dog (shepard size) on the trail and I see from a previous user that he had to 'heave' his dog up some stairs/ladders. Has anyone brought a dog up lately and is there an alternate route around the ladder areas?
thanks!ANSWERS are in this forum: dogs on ladders?
Posted By: toolbox
- Wed Aug 03 19:13:19 EDT 2005
UpsideFantastic views!! Big interior mountain is to the left and Mt Tom Taylor is to the right.
DownsideNone. The access road can be bit rough in places for cars, but not a major problem.
CommentWe only made it to the look out point just after Baby Bedwell (15 minutes). Took about 2 hours to reach the look out. If you are day hiking this is all you need to go because you are still high up and the views rock from up here.
Posted By: SteveOz
- Fri Mar 26 03:17:52 EST 2004
Upsidegood sidetrip scramble up gully just over divide East of Little Jim Lake takes you onto easy slopes of Big Interior Mtn. From there pick your peak there's a scramble for all or any abilities here.The great trail makes alpine accessable
DownsideDidn't really have a downside for me even though I had to heave my German Shepard dog up a couple of the stairs (ladders) more like.
CommentNo people or bugs as we went Indian summer after tourist onslaught.
Posted By: monkeyboy2
- Thu Jan 15 00:46:58 EST 2004
Upsidegood access to high country and glacial views side trips for the more serious backcountry and mountaineer types possible from bedwell lk.
Downsidesteel stairs are steep and slick when wet be very bear smart in this area!black bears are frequently seen here.use the bear cache for all food and toiletries
Commentsometimes too many other people around but always a good trip!