Despite the name, this region of Strathcona Provincial Park is one of the more easily accessed and popular hiking areas in the park. This is probably because of a downhill ski area just outside of the park. The road to the ski area also gets you to relatively high-altitude trailheads. Other trailheads in the center of the park require a 3000 foot gain to get up to the high country.

This was a five-day trip. Because of the popularity of the area, camping is in designated sites in the core areas. So naturally I wanted to get outside of the core area. My planned route ended up being impossible because of high snow levels, even at the end of July. I still got outside of the designated camping area, but not by much.

paradise meadow, at the start of the hike

Lake Helen MacKenzie

First night's camp at Lake Helen MacKenzie - a designated campsite

A creek at the edge of the lake.

Snow still on the trail at the end of July.


After a snowy and slushy hike, I got to this spot behind Mount Albert Edward.

Hope Lake basin.

Frink Peak ridge - I came down from this to get to my campsite.

My spectacular tent perch - this shot won a photo contest, and a free Sierra Designs rain coat for me.

My own private camp waterfall.

Moat Lake

camp tarn.

My waterfall again.

My campsite overlooking Hope Lake.

Continue to the rest of the Forbidden Plateau backpacking trip.