White Boar Lake

White Boar Lake near Kimberley, BC


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
4 kms
3hours
easy
Canoeing
Summer, Fall
Kimberley, BC
User xtremepeaks

Map: 82F/9 Lake is at an elevation of 1590m (5200ft).

This subalpine lake is located below sheer 3000ft cliffs of Mount McKay. White Boar Lake is in a deep cirque under cliffs with mossy and snowy ledges, very spectacular surroundings. A small glacier is at the far end of the lake, below the cliffs. It drops large chunks of ice into the lake all summer, and there is an ice cave below the glacier - for some serious ice climbing (all summer).

The lakeshore has no trails cut, but a very rough bushwhack can get you towards the far end. Much easier is to explore the lake and glacier by canoe. Or take along a super light packraft from Alpacka Raft. That way you can get around on the lake and reach the glacier for climbing and photography. This lake is also popular for fishing. You can see a short video here on YouTube with ice on the lake.

If you camp here, you can do some more hikes and climbs, daytrips to peaks and passes nearby. There is a nice camping spot and tables near the lake.

In winter the area is also nice for skiing, but access is a long 21km ski from the end of the plowed road near St Marys Lake. The route is heavily used by skidoos.

For more information on day hikes or backpacking trips into this area, see Mountain Footsteps, a New Edition by Janice Strong.

Directions:

Drive highway 95A from Kimberley going south to 500 m north of Marysville. Here turn west onto St Mary Lake road. Drive 16k (at 27k sign) and turn left, crossing a wooden bridge shortly (over St Marys river).

Take second right (very sharp turn) to Hellroaring rd. Drive 1.6km and turn right to Meachen rd. Follow this rough gravel road for another 14k until there is a left fork to the White Boar Lake road at the 16k sign.

Drive up this left fork on a very narrow and rough road uphill for 3km. (or take your bike/walk if the road is in bad shape) The elevation gain to the parking spot is about 200m(700ft) and there is a wet spot, washout near the parking area. Walk down 100 meters to the lake.


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