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Backpacking to Tenquille Lake

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In an effort to get ready to backpack the West Coast Trail I went on a quick backpacking trip to Tenquille lake. It turns out this is a little gem in BC that is well worth your time and effort.

Tenquille lake is outside of Pemberton and must be hiked to. The original trail was established to get to the gold found at the towns of Gold Bridge and Bralorne. There are two entrances, one just before the Hurley road starts and the other at branch 12 off of the Hurley road. We took the latter. For more information see club tread

Tenquille Lake Map

Tenquille Lake Map

I thought the entrance to branch 12 was confusing, considering it isn’t labelled “Branch 12”. However somebody has scribbled an arrow on the sign so we assumed the road was the one we were looking for. If you have a 4×4 with enough clearance you can avoid the 5 km of forestry road which is the worst 5 km of the trip. We were not so lucky so here is where our hike started.

Tenquille Lake Branch 12 Start

Tenquille Lake - Branch 12 - Where the hike starts

After a short while we were reassured we took the right route with one of two signs pointing us in the right direction. Right after this point the mosquitoes were really bad until we got to the trail head. No amount of bug spray helped as the grade of the road meant you were sweating off all the repellant in minutes.

Picture of me standing in front of the sign

Me, standing in front of one of only two signs

It wasn’t all bad on the way up though, the views are spectacular.

Pemberton Valley View

Pemberton Valley View

Finally we reached the trail head. This is were the hike got fun with better terrain, a trail instead of a road, and the bugs easing off.

Official Trail Start

Official Trail Start

The trail is very nice with some great views. The grade is much easier than the forestry road that proceeded it (thankfully!). When we got to the lake we saw a new cabin that had just started being built 3 weeks earlier. The supplies had to be flown in by helicopter. By the time this is posted, it should be ready for people to use!

The new Cabin

The new Cabin

Camp sites are located close to the cabin and around the lake. When we arrived there were very few campers and lots of privacy.

Campsite at Tenquille Lake

Campsite

The next day we just took it easy and enjoyed the amazing scenery.

Tenquille Lake

Tenquille Lake

Lupins in the alpine meadows

Lupins in the alpine meadows

Fishing at Tenquille Lake

Fishing at Tenquille Lake

A view of the alpine meadow with mountains in the background

The beauty of Tenquille's alpine meadows

Tenquille Lake at dusk

Tenquille Lake at Dusk

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and on day 3 we hiked our way back down.

The meadows on the hike back

The meadows on the hike back

I don’t think these pictures give the location justice. I recommend you go see it for yourself.

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