Pierce Lake

Lower Pierce Lake with Mt Cheam and friends on the horizon, taken from the summit of Mt MacFarlane. Beautiful place, but sadly too-often visited by campers who either don’t know or don’t care about Leave No Trace. Campfires and litter are the worst problems (sometimes together) even up here above the treeline.

We camped by this lake, and were very grateful to whomever had tidied up before us, which included dealing with multiple old campfires that had been set right in the middle of the best camping spots. I mean, really – who does that? Still, we had a fantastic trip and this view made it all worthwhile. We also saw a mother bear and her 2 cubs!

Lower Pierce Lake with Mt Cheam and friends on the horizon, taken from the summit of Mt MacFarlane. Beautiful place, but sadly too-often visited by campers who either don't know or don't care about #LeaveNoTrace. Campfires and litter are the worst problems (sometimes together) even up here above the treeline. We camped by this lake, and were very grateful to whomever had tidied up before us, which included dealing with multiple old campfires that had been set right in the middle of the best camping spots. I mean, really – who does that? Still, we had a fantastic trip and this view made it all worthwhile. We also saw a mother bear and her 2 cubs! #LeaveNoTraceTuesday #PierceLake #LowerPierceLake #CheamRange #mountmacfarlane #chilliwack #chilliwackrivervalley #explorebc #beautifulbritishcolumbia #mountainlife #backpacking #hiking #scrambling #lnt

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This trip was probably the toughest overnighter I’ve ever done, as we hauled our full backpacks 7 km and over 1000 m in elevation to the lake on a hot September day. We set off for the summit the next morning, climbing another 800 m to the top of Mt MacFarlane. While getting to the lake was a slog, the hike up to the peak was a joy as we picked our way through meadows and scrambled the ridge to the top. And what a view awaited us! A sea of jagged peaks all around, including the striking Border Peaks and Mt Slesse. Such an incredible sight. Next time we’ll camp at the upper lake – provided we can backpack a little lighter!

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