This is a one way trail! The trail into Collier Lakes starts by gently winding its way through a mixed forest of pine, fir and larch. The huge, fire-scarred larch dwarf hikers as they pass, and coat the trial with a golden carpet of needles in the fall. The gentle incline quickly steepens as the trail crosses a ridge before dropping into the first lake. Stay left on the trail as you near Lower Collier Lake, and look for a boardwalk crossing the marshy area. Cross the boardwalk and continue a short distance to the attractive small treed campsite on a knob at the north end of the lake. The lakeshore near the campsite is open, allowing fishers access to the lake. Lower Collier Lake is medium-sized with reeds and lily pads along most of its shoreline.
From Lower Collier Lake, continue east on the trail for another 1.5 km to Upper Collier Lake. This upper section of trail is rougher than the first section, and there are several muddy areas as the trail nears the campsite. The small treed campsite is located at the east end on a shallow arm of this medium-sized lake. This lake is shallow and the shoreline is muddy and weedy.
From the junction of Highways 3 & 33 in Rock Creek, turn north on Highway 33. Follow this highway north 50.8 km to the junction with the Beaver Creek Rd. located just after the town of Beaverdell. Turn right onto this good gravel road and follow it for 18 km, staying right at the junction 5.6 km to the Sago Creek campsite. Park on the right side of the road and look for the trailhead starting at a footbridge crossing the creek from the east. An alternate access route to the east end of Upper Collier lake can be reached by a l km trail from the Deer Creek Rd, although this route is not maintained or signed, and is only suitable for 4WD vehicles.
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Posted By: diesel29
- Wed Apr 30 17:31:12 UTC 2014
UpsideSolitude... we were the only ones there this early in the season. DownsideSlushy/muddy on section to lower lake. Snow covered trail on section to upper lake. CommentEnd of April hike. Started off dry, hiked to the lower lake quickly. It started snowing at the lower lake. We continued on to the upper lake, but the trail was too snow covered to continue very far. Otherwise, trail is in decent condition. Moved a few blow downs off the trail.