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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 12, 2021
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 12, 2020
Backpacking

The trip up to Venus Lake is worth it. Not much for camping, but what a view. We saw a wolverine! Water is, as expected, cold AF.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 8, 2020
Backpacking

Trail to Waptus was easy/moderate, Trail from Waptus to Spade to Venus should be rated as difficult. We took two 11 year olds who did great but we didn’t know Spade would be so hard. It’s straight uphill, has blueberries on way, there’s some dust to deal with a loose shale you can slip on. We didn’t have time to see Venus since we had to get back before dark so either camp up at Spade or leave earlier than 10a like we did. Breathtaking views at Spade (worth it), just as beautiful in a way at Waptus. We did a little off map rock scrambling down to Spade since the way to the water wasn’t clear. Wish we saw Venus. With the boys we took 8 hours to get to Waptus and about 8 back and forth from Spade and we took a stop on the way back at the 3 mile mark to camp by the river. Bring poles. Go crawdad fishing at night and cook them up!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2020
Hiking

It’s definitely longer than what it says. I didn’t start recording until about 3 miles in, so I’m total we clocked 32 miles and didn’t go off course

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Horseback riding

Trail up to Waptus lake was easy, mostly flat but somewhat long without great views. Once you reach the the junction for Spade Lake, it's 4 miles of brutal uphill. It was a slog. It took us about 2.5 - 3 hours to get up to the lake from there. The views from up top and the lake are worth it, and the camping at spade lake is delightful. It's a quick jaunt up to Venus Lake for another view of the lake. Overall trail was long and dusty, could definitely do it in 1 night if you're willing to put in the miles.

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HikingBugsGreat!

Beautiful views worth dealing with the dust and the bugs.

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BackpackingGreat!

To the group of four or five that included twins, you passed my brother and I going up to Spade and asked if we were twins. I regret not telling you more in passing that could've helped. Hopefully you found the spot I was telling you about. As for my trip, we stayed Friday and Saturday night at Spade and did a day hike up to Venus. There are quite a few spots at the south end of the lake and a few on the right side as you work your way to the north end. As for Venus I really only saw one suitable spot that was about the size for 1 tent. Elevation gain from Waptus to Spade is quite the workout but worth it. There is a good stream 3/4 of the way up if you run out of water.

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BackpackingBugsGreat!Rocky

It was ROUGH. Amazing trip though. We did a two night backpacking trip to Spade lake. The first day we started around 1pm and hiked 9.5 miles to Waptus Lake where we stayed for the first night. The second day we hit the Spade lake trail, which is essentially 4.5 miles of uphill. Wouldn’t have been so bad if I still had skin on my heels from the first day. Spent our second night up at Spade, beautiful lake! Absolutely worth the trek. Mosquitos were pretty vicious throughout the trip. Bring lots of bug spray. At Spade lake in mid August, we hit a low of 38 degrees. Windchill had us more at about 35. Definitely pack for some cold nights. Third day we hiked the full 15 miles back from Spade to Salmon Le Sac road. I would definitely recommend 3 nights and spending two nights at Waptus on the way up and back down if you have time.

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Hiking

Best hike I’ve been on! Challenging and beautiful!

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HikingBugsGreat!

Amazing hike! there is one river crossing (nothing horrible, knee deep) not a lot of people which was nice. The mosquitos were pretty bad, so make sure you prepare for that. I highly recommend making the hike to Venus lake, completely worth it.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 27, 2020

the trail from waptus up to spade lake seemed harder than "moderate". with an over night pack it was pretty difficult on the silt. but there are still streams to get water from half way up to spade lake if you dont wanna carry a bunch of water. theres a big raft in a trash bag on the south shore if anyone feels inclined to hike it out of there...even if it's in chunks

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 26, 2020
BackpackingBugsScramble

This trip is a must-do. Spent the first night at Spade, second at Waptus, and stopped at Venus on the morning of the second day. Started off on the wrong trail (look for signs right after the trailhead - they are small, yellow temporary signs). The 9ish miles to Waptus Lake are generally flat and simple. There is a river crossing (about knee height) after about 8 miles that is doable with poles and is quite refreshing. Waptus has plenty of camp spots if you follow the trail. We continued on to Spade on the Spade Lake Trail. These 4ish miles are a slog and are very difficult with a pack but are worth it. Took us about 3.5/4 hours. Once you hit Spade Lake, continue along the trail as there are nice spots that are hard to see initially. In the morning, we ventured up to Venus Lake with just a day pack. This lake is incredible. About half of the ascent is a trail in the trees, then a bit of a rock scramble up to the top. Easier than we predicted and definitely worth it. We then hiked back down to Waptus - the decent is also quite difficult but doable with poles. Stayed the second night at Waptus and had an easy hike out in the morning. A few things to note: - Poles will be your friends on this hike - The bugs are quite bad, especially at dusk near the lakes. Bring bug spray and possibly a bug net - Go to Venus Lake. It is worth it - Bring some sort of water shoe for the river crossing - Plenty of places to pump water along the way

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