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Great family camping spot. Clean, quiet, scenic. Not worth bringing your bikes to as there is only biking around the camp loops. Instead, plan for water fun such as a canoe, kayak, or dingy to enjoy on the lakes. Clean, clear water for swimming at two beaches on the 3rd lake.
This is a delightful, mostly flat, multiple loop trail that circles the three Champion Lakes. There is also a great swim beach. The best map of the trail is on a board at the swim beach, go there first to get your directions. Lots of mosquitoes in June, July, bring repellent. This is a whole family, well maintained trail. There is also a short, steep trail up to a lookout spot, probably not really worthwhile except to get aerobic. Bring your swimsuit for a nice swim after hiking around. The road is paved all the way to the lakes.
The hike to Woodbury Glacier was perhaps the most spectacular alpine hike I have taken. I stumbled upon it accidentally. It was the closest trail to Nelson that was open for use, due to grizzly bear sightings, although hikers at the trailhead reported grizzlies (mother & cub) in a huckleberry patch just up from the parking lot. The whole hike was below treeline. We hiked to a point above the glacial canyon opposite the glacier which was rounded and receding but magnificent.
Luke P. on Gwillim Lakes
Beautiful area. One of my favorite places on the planet. The scramble to the top of Lucifer Peak is a must. For the most part, the scramble is pretty easy...its the last 100meters that got a little sketchy for us.