This hike is an ascent to two peaks in the Kokanee Glacier Park , from the lodge which is a very nice lodge great facilities , electric , showers , cooking stations . Bunk bed sleeping. Very reasonable fee per night.
From Nelson BC drive north on Hwy 3A till you get to KOKANEE CREEK PARK on Kootenay Lake turn at Lat 49.611417° Long -117.116159° up Kokanee Glacier Road drive to parking area at Lat 49.722994° , Long -117.152848° Gibson Lake. It is then a 3 hr. hike to the lodge and is spectacular by its self. Good trail standard park trail.
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Posted By: Madfello
- Mon Jul 23 06:49:45 UTC 2018
UpsideBeautiful lakes switchbacks are not horrendous many peaks available trail is occupied but not obnoxiously so Downsidebugs near the lakes are not pleasant CommentDistance traveled: 30ish Km Hiking time: 13 hours
Hiked July 21st - Snow almost non-existent weather pleasant, cold in the morning, low 20s in alpine during heat of the day
Summited both Mount Giegerich and Mount Nanesen. Approached Giegerich by what seemed the most difficult route (straight up the middle) which was challenging and enjoyable, an easier southern approach is possible. Straightforward transfer to Nansen.
Lucky enough to encounter a couple who was familiar with the area and who directed us to the Commission Creek drainage. Trail back along this route was intermittent at best but was marked with inukshuks which was quite helpful and heartwarming.
Getting to the top of the peaks was mostly a scramble with some low intensive free climbing - highly recommended.
There was a large amount of watermelon snow in the alpine which made me question if the creek systems were safe to drink. I drank a small amount and waited 30 min, I felt like I had mild stomach cramps (who knows the cause, really) - so I purified the water before drinking anymore.
checked out summit post for reliable directions: https://www.summitpost.org/mount-giegerich/757037