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
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.
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.
It wasn’t all bad on the way up though, the views are spectacular.
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.
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!
Camp sites are located close to the cabin and around the lake. When we arrived there were very few campers and lots of privacy.
The next day we just took it easy and enjoyed the amazing scenery.
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and on day 3 we hiked our way back down.
I don’t think these pictures give the location justice. I recommend you go see it for yourself.